The 5th annual multi-faith prayer service looked to honor survivors of sexual abuse by giving them a voice.
"It crosses all line, so part of the multi-faith aspect of it, it doesn't belong to any particular race or creed or socio-economic class, and it’s anybody and everybody," said Ryan/McMahon Child Review Team Coordinator Christine Larkin.
One of those survivors, Nadia, who didn't give her last name, talked about trying her best to overcome. She was sexually abused by a family member when she was just five.
"Being sexually abused as a child can destroy a person, from that point forward that child is never the same,” said Nadia. “I was never the same. All of my hopes, my dreams, aspirations were stolen from me…Someone stole my entire life. I often questioned what could’ve been, who I could’ve been if this didn’t happen to me. I tried to numb the pain with drugs and alcohol. But those two just caused more pain."
Wednesday’s service, also giving others impacted by these crimes, like police and social workers, a place to feel less alone. The church said they want their walls, to make everyone feel protected.
"We want a church to be a place that feels safe, letting everyone know that they are important and no one deserves to be abused," Plymouth Congregational Church Interim Pastor John Terry.
Many arrived speaking of rage and loneliness, but left Plymouth feeling heard.
"What does it mean to be a survivor? It means you must work at it every day,” said Nadia. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you must go through the darkness"