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How Men Can Be Allies in the #MeToo Movement

April 17, 2018 Writing for the Ms Magazine blog,  Sahana Dharmapuri and Jolynn Shoemaker provide some useful suggestions for conscientious, caring men who want to...

Hey, Bill Hybels — Where There’s Smoke…

I hope you will consider the different ways in which you interact with women and men. And, Bill, I hope you will remember your own meme-worthy words: “Your culture will only ever be as healthy as the senior leader wants it to be,” and always remember our senior leader is Jesus.

Some Thoughts on Modesty

When you know better, you do better; hence, I believe there is hope for the church and for society. We need to stop allowing Augustine and the flawed theology of other early Church Fathers into our hearts, minds, and society, because they have nothing good for women except slut-shaming and blaming women for all men’s lust and sin.

South of Forgiveness: A True Story of Rape and Responsibility

... the naked honesty in this lengthy memoir highlighted both the tremendous persistence involved in reaching genuine forgiveness and the knowledge that there really is no other way for true healing to take place.

The Keepers: The Case of the Murdered Nun

I wish this whole story were fiction. Unfortunately, the truth of these events leaves viewers with urgent responsibilities, especially women who are committed to other women and to a walk with Jesus of Nazareth, the one who said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40 NRSV).

Sexual Assault: A Violation of God’s Body

April 26, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

Sexual Assault on Campus

April 24, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

The Impact of Sexual Violence

April 19, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

Understanding Sexual Violence: Prevention

April 17, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

Understanding Sexual Violence: Consent

April 12, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

The Real Danger to Women’s Safety: Sexual Violence

April 10, 2017 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  CFT's Link of the Day blog will feature a variety of posts about this issue during...

Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

Tucker’s hermeneutics are thoughtful and thought provoking. She questions why a husband would beat and terrorize his wife, and answers, regarding her ex-husband, “his perspective on male supremacy and on female submission was front and center.”

Ending the Silence about Sexual Assault

Today, as in the biblical narratives, instead of focusing on the details of the rape and the sufferings of the women who were victimized, we focus on the accomplishments of the powerful men who caused their suffering. We may even support them without thinking about it.

What We Can Learn from Christianity Today’s Interview with Saeed Abedini

Allowing Saeed a public forum in which to further denigrate Naghmeh, Christianity Today also denigrates every woman who has heard an overuse of the word 'I' as they were being beaten, and shames every victim who takes the blame on themselves when it’s not theirs to take. The consequences of this piece reach further than one victim.

Shades of Gray: Toward Real-Life Christian Sexual Ethics

From a Christian perspective, sexual ethics can be extremely difficult to discuss in any kind of nuanced manner, particularly in the Catholic setting with which I am most familiar, because the Church’s sexual teachings are so rigid and narrow. They offer no shades of gray to accommodate the many and varied situations that real life presents. Church teachings are seen as obsolete, irrelevant to the 21st century, and seldom factor in to sexual decision-making by people of any age. Thus movies and other media messages readily fill the void.

Domestic Violence Allegations in the Faith-Based Community: How Shall We Respond?

Thus, I too suggest we commit ourselves to hearing all voices, even if it makes our hearts ache. Let’s not protect the ones in power simply because they are our friends and we cannot imagine such things. Let’s be willing to believe people who claim they were violated. Let’s listen to their stories.

How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence

If someone is being abused, they feel responsible for the abuse. Why this logical inconsistency? Because if everything is the victim's own fault, they have the power to change it. I would advise you not to take that sense of power away, but, instead, to model what it is like to not accept responsibility for what the abuser is doing.

A Tiny Little Girl and a Smiling Man – #YesAllWomen

Later that week, my mom, now in her role as the Brownie leader, talked about my experience with the other little girls in our troop. She didn't tell them it was my experience; she just said it had happened to "someone in the troop." I remember sitting there wondering why, if I did the right thing, she didn't tell everyone it was me.

Patriarchy, Power, and Sexual Abuse among Christians

March 7, 2014 A special compilation of links you’ll want to know about. by Letha Dawson Scanzoni Amanda Marcotte writes that “the message in the Christian right...

Rapists’ Parental Rights

The vast majority of Christians will experience a lifetime of preaching and religious education without once hearing that rape is a grave sin to be avoided or repented--or that God weeps with survivors, fights for their protection and healing rather than shaming them into justice-free forgiveness, and calls all Christians to as well.

A Third Wave Feminist Speaks Out

My first conference was one of the only times I have felt positive, inspirational feminist community. Should this privilege be reserved for the few women who discover an EEWC poster and tentatively attend? Should we not be more "out there" with our God-filled organization? Women of EEWC, I ask you to reach out to my generation with your message.

but Joy Comes in the Morning – Margaret S. Meier

This quilt of text and music is not a warm, cozy listening experience, though. It is very challenging music and painful text, richly expressing the anger, despair, and, ultimately, courageous healing and hope of survivors of child sexual abuse.

Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

This quilt of text and music is not a warm, cozy listening experience... It is very challenging music and painful text, richly expressing the anger, despair, and, ultimately, courageous healing and hope of survivors of child sexual abuse.

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