Letter to Pokrov.org from Karen King

Author: Karen King
Date Published: 09/01/2012
Publication: Pokrov.org

Dear Greta, Cappy, and Melanie:

Twenty years ago this Labor Day Monday, I attempted suicide to end the abuse I suffered at the hands of Sasoon (nee Krikor) Zumrookhdian.

I have spent the last 20 years recovering from that abuse, and I can tell you that on this anniversary, I am a very happy, whole, and valued woman who was just married to the love of my life, David, by none other than Greta Larson.

Greta, Cappy and Melanie, you are my dearest, closest confidants and most trusted friends.

The day I found Pokrov, was the day I began my recovery from clergy sexual abuse. There has not been a day since I first wrote Greta that you three have been far from my thoughts. I cannot remember the year I contacted Greta, but let’s just say it’s been quite a while ago.

Since that first letter, you three have always been there for me, either by phone, email, or even in person.

There were many days and nights that you all, literally, saved me from further despair, depression, and other possible suicide attempts.

I now live every day, paying forward my gratitude to you by being the best person I can be, taking good care of my physical and mental self as best I can, and sending prayers of thanks to the God who is the Power behind the universe. I pray for your own peace and well being every day.

If you publish this letter, and I hope you will, please allow me to tell the world via the internet that you saved my life. I am continually in your debt and I am continually so grateful for your ministry, your non-stop caring, and most of all the fact you believed me when absolutely no Armenian Christian ever believed my pain or came to my aid.

Your devotion to those of us who have been hurt in a way that no one should ever suffer has been probably one of the most important ministries of any of the Orthodox or Oriental Churches. If no one else acknowledges this, allow me to say it publicly and most sincerely.

So, on this anniversary, I thank you, I love you, and I keep you in my heart every day of my life.

With all my love,
Karen King