What to do post-Ashley Madison leak - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

What to do post-Ashley Madison leak

The Ashley Madison leak exposed nearly 4,000 Mississippians. The Ashley Madison leak exposed nearly 4,000 Mississippians.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

More than 30 million people worldwide and nearly 4,000 Mississippians were exposed in the Ashley Madison leak.

Clergy and therapists in the Pine Belt said they offer services to people who are direct and indirect victims of the site's data breach, whose slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair."

"We welcome everybody on that list to come here," Hattiesburg's Venture Church Pastor Jeff Clark said. "There's shame and there's guilt and there's hurt, but let that drive you to something good. Do some soul searching, and make this a journey."

Clark said his church offers counseling and classes directed toward all types of addicts, which are free of charge.

"Maybe this is a chance to work on some things," Clark said of couples who are struggling with the information leak. "Maybe this is a chance to forgive. Maybe this is a chance to get healing."
 

If a clinical approach is what a person needs, Pine Grove Behavioral Health's sex addiction program is available.

"We have counselors 24 hours a day here who can answer their questions," Gratitude program director Deborah Schiller said.

Schiller said the easy access to sites such as Ashley Madison are to credit for the massive amounts of people committing these unfaithful acts, and it affects more than just the perpetrator.

"It can be very traumatizing to find out that your world is not the way you thought it was," Schiller said of family and friends involved. "Often people love someone who may be on the list are just as much in crisis as the person themselves, so I would encourage them to get help for themselves.

To contact Venture Church, visit their website here. 

To learn more about programs at Pine Grove, call 888-574-HOPE (4673).

Copyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

    Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:10:52 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:45 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:45:31 GMT
    As originally proposed, the new "association health plans" would have to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. However, they could offer narrower benefits than required under the Obama-era health law. (Source: Raycom Media)As originally proposed, the new "association health plans" would have to cover people with pre-existing health conditions. However, they could offer narrower benefits than required under the Obama-era health law. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Trump administration prepares to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people.

    More >>

    Trump administration prepares to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people.

    More >>
  • Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-06-20 10:51:23 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:35 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:35:27 GMT
    (Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.(Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
  • Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:52 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-06-22 04:57:41 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
Powered by Frankly