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Sexual Abuse

For too long, survivors of sexual violence have been silenced, dismissed and even shamed by the church. Here’s what happened when one church created space for survivors to share their stories on a Sunday morning. […] Read More

Patriarchalism is a common thread running through church sexual abuse cases. Any theological conviction and practice that harbors abusers and vilifies victims should be truthfully regarded for what it is: theological malpractice. […] Read More

More than three-fourths of U.S. adults say recent reports of clergy abuse reflect a continuing problem, a report says. And two-thirds say they’ve never heard clergy speak out about sexual harassment, assault or abuse. […] Read More

Even while they believe their own churches would respond appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, U.S. Protestants had mixed views about the extent of sexual abuse by clergy in local congregations. […] Read More

Here’s to us. Those of us with less than adequate mothers. Who felt the pain of betrayal and loss. You chose to survive, to thrive and to love well. Congratulations on transcending your family trauma. Cheers! […] Read More

As the Notre Dame Cathedral was consumed by fire, it was a physical manifestation of what many survivors of church and clergy abuse have experienced, watching in isolation as their sacred spaces go up in smoke. […] Read More

Baptist leaders claim they have no authority over autonomous churches to police clergy who sexually abuse children. When they hide behind the false wall of local church autonomy, they protect the predators. […] Read More

Each day brings another account of sexual assault. This Lent, may we be burdened with the work we have left undone – the work that allows space for sexual abuse to thrive in our churches, in our businesses and in our culture. […] Read More

When addressing sexual assault in Southern Baptist churches, victims don’t have a safe place to speak; leaders abuse their power and remain unaccountable. Perhaps Anabaptists can teach us the right way to respond. […] Read More

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