Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor (via TGC Australia)

A Cry For Justice

This stupendous article by an anonymous woman was published yesterday at The Gospel Coalition Australia.

Things I Wish You Understood: An Open Letter to Ministers From a Family Violence Survivor

To the ministers of the church universal

I am a family violence survivor. It seems weird to me to say that, because my experiences don’t meet the stereotypical and horrific stories of constant physical or sexual abuse that come to mind when I hear the words “family violence’. I am hesitant to speak, lest someone tell me “that’s not really abuse” (see point 4). And yet, I sit in church, during sermons on marriage, gender roles and divorce and I struggle. As I struggle, I think to myself “there are some things this minister could do to help me right now. I wonder if they know that?”

So I’m writing to you. Not to tell you that you’re doing a…

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About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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