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Sexual Abuse

Sisterhood Rocks

One woman, Brandy, started me on my journey to safety and peace after years of sexual abuse. A small cadre of friends stood with me in the halls of justice bearing witness to me as a good woman. It’s the power of sisterhood. […] Read More

Many strongly worded statements have been issued since the reporting of hundreds of victims of sexual abuse within Southern Baptist churches. But it’s time we listen to the victims, mostly women, and allow them to find their voice. […] Read More

We who were abused by leaders in the church continue to live. Our hearts still beat a tattered pulse. The horror of abuse is followed by a lifetime of adapting, but you can transcend the trauma. […] Read More

The staggering level of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention reminds us of this truth: Not until we realize the powerful way religion can hurt people can we understand the powerful way it can heal people. […] Read More

A victims’ advocacy and support group has been urging Southern Baptist leaders to develop a denomination-wide “open and transparent” response to sexual abuse by clergy. That was in 2007. […] Read More

Sexual abuse decimates its victims and shatters their families. Those ripples extend out into a family’s community. How a community responds has enormous impact on the ultimate health of that child, let alone their family. […] Read More

When it comes to sexual assault in our churches, too many Southern Baptist leaders claim they want to find a middle ground. There isn’t one. We must always stand with the victims. […] Read More

For decades, Southern Baptist and other evangelical clergy have sexually abused women and children, and all the while, other religious leaders have turned a blind eye. Here’s how that status quo can come to an end. […] Read More

When victims of sexual abuse by pastors urged the implementation of stronger protections, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention threw the hot potato back to local churches citing “autonomy.” A tidy little hand-washing. […] Read More

Addressing the “largely silent epidemic” of sexual abuse and exploitation of minors, a new report assessed 40 nations to determine how well they are protecting children. […] Read More