Articles in English
L’AVREF is a victim-support organisation
for people who have been abused in religious congregations, communities or movements. Staffed by volunteers, we were established under French law as a public interest charitable association in 1998. We are independent in that we are not affiliated to any organisation and we do not accept grants. Our income comes from annual membership subscriptions and donations from the public.
We are based in France and our web site is in French.
> Some articles have been translated into English and are available here.
Who we are, why we exist and what we do.
How L’AVREF started : In 1998, a number of parents whose sons and daughters had joined certain Catholic communities, became alarmed by the deterioration of their physical and mental health. Initially, these parents believed that they were dealing with exceptional, isolated incidents but gradually they realised that patterns of psychological, sexual and spiritual abuse were present in many religious movements and communities, not only in France but throughout the world. …
Sisters of Mary Morningstar
Maria Stella Matutina
but it was not until August 2022 that I learned the full extent of their dysfunctional history and ongoing actions … "
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