Shattering the silence: James’s Story of growing up with an abusive father

A Cry For Justice

I think it’s crucial to highlight the myriad stories of church domestic abuse, including the impacts such abuse can have on children.

My first memory of violence is of being dragged to my room by my panicked mother, who wanted my siblings and me — I was very young — to be quiet before my father arrived home.

As a young child I regularly saw and heard my siblings being “disciplined” by our violent father, who would overreact to usual childhood misbehaviour.

We regularly heard him screaming at my mother late at night, and often saw her with bruising.

My father would often speak in our church, which he attended regularly. However, he never really formed any friendships with other men there.

He went out of his way to show charity and compassion to people outside his family, but seemed to lack generosity in time and resources for his children.

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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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