Australian Today Tonight report featuring Rhiannon

Australian television program Today Tonight featured a story on Mercy Ministries on 17 March 2008.

An excerpt from a letter received from television program Today Tonight on 20 March 2008: –

In the days since Today Tonight did a story on Mercy Ministries, we have been inundated with responses, so much so it’s raised serious questions about the figures we received from Mercy Ministries claiming to be the total number of girls who graduated and “failed”.

Executive Director of Mercy Ministries Peter Irvine claimed since the organisation began in 2000, 96 women had graduated, six failed and only two had come forward to complain… Since our program aired, a greater number of women have since contacted our program citing mistreatment by Mercy Ministries.

These girls did not receive professional treatment whilst in the care of Mercy Ministries, they were denied such help and instead were put in the care of people whose only training was from an in-house program – a far cry from the medically based expertise needed to treat serious problems of sexual abuse, drug addiction and psychological trauma.  It also contradicts the program guidelines outlined on the website.  Even the website acknowledges that such conditions need professional help…

Kind regards,

Marguerite McKinnon
Journalist
Today Tonight

Welcome to Mercy Survivors

 Welcome to the Mercy Survivors web site.

This web site serves as a contact point for the survivors of the Mercy Ministries program worldwide.

This site has an international focus.  We currently have members from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and are putting out the call to all countries where the Mercy Ministries “franchise” is operating.

In the coming weeks, you can expect: –

  • News about events relating to Mercy Ministries;
  • Testimonials form former residents and graduates of Mercy; and
  • A private members only forum where you can discuss, seek help and reach out to other women who have been through Mercy Ministries.
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