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Sexual Abuse Survivors and the Church's Phony Compassion for the Unborn

June 30, 2022

With all the high-fives flying and churches celebrating in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, survivors of sexual abuse in the church may be left scratching their heads. Forgive us if we find the claims that the church…

The One Time It's OK to NOT Believe Survivors of Sexual Abuse

June 23, 2022

Believe survivors. We hear it often, and it's very important advice. But there's one time it's perfectly acceptable NOT to believe survivors... and that's when they tell you the abuse was their fault. On this episode we'll d…

Sheltered But Not Protected: A Chat with Justin Woodbury (Part 2)

June 1, 2022

Today on the podcast we continue our chat with Justin Woodbury of the blog and book, Sheltered But Not Protected. RESOURCES: Sheltered But Not Protected --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/survivorsanctuary/mess…

Sheltered But Not Protected: A Chat with Justin Woodbury (Part 1)

May 25, 2022

Today on the podcast we are chatting with Justin Woodbury of the blog and book, Sheltered But Not Protected. Justin shares his experience of surviving sexual and spiritual abuse in the IFB. RESOURCES : Sheltered But Not Prot…

Josh Duggar Keeps Telling His Family Who He Is. So Why Do They Refuse To Believe Him?

May 18, 2022

They say your character is who you are when nobody is watching. So why is it that Christians have so much trouble believing that people caught abusing children are depraved, dangerous and better off in prison? If you've been…

No, Mega Churches Are Not The Problem

May 11, 2022

It's always easier to find fault with "that church over there," but when it comes to sexual abuse, it's important to understand that it can happen *anywhere*. On today's episode we'll chat about the recent scandals that have…

The Importance of Understanding That An Abuser Can Be Anyone

April 27, 2022

"You think everyone is an abuser." It's a comment I've heard more than once in my work as an advocate, and in everyday life as a survivor of sexual abuse. On today's episode, we chat about the accusation, and discuss the dif…

On Christians Who Are More Bothered By Transgender Athletes Than Pedophile Pastors

April 20, 2022

Turning Red, Disney World PA greetings, transgender athletes... what are we protesting this week, church? Besides child molesters in our pulpits, because apparently that one is totally OK. On this episode, we'll discuss the …

No One Has Been Hurt By Church More Than Jesus (And Other Hot Takes Pastors Should Stop Sharing On Facebook)

April 13, 2022

It's always fun when a spiritual leader teaches theology-by-meme on social media. And by fun, I mean obnoxious. There are some quotes and memes floating around on Facebook these days that are aimed at people who apparently d…

Indonesian School Principal Sentenced to Death for Sexual Abuse of Students (America, Take Notes)

April 6, 2022

On today's episode, we discuss the former boarding school principal who was sentenced to death in Indonesia this week for his sexual abuse of at least 13 students between the ages of 11 and 14. Is the death penalty appropria…

On John MacArthur, Churches That Support Abusers, and the "Worldliness" of Child Protection

March 23, 2022

On this episode, we chat about the controversy surrounding John MacArthur, and a church culture that insists protecting women and children from abusers is "worldly." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/survivors…

No, Healing Is Not The "Responsibility" of Sexual Abuse Survivors

March 9, 2022

You may have seen the "inspirational" quote floating around online: Trauma is not your fault, but healing is your responsibility. Well, on today's episode, we'll discuss why admonishments like this are a slap in the face to …

Orange Jumpsuits: The Antidote to the Church's Apathy Toward Victims of Sexual Abuse?

Feb. 23, 2022

It should be the love and compassion of Christ, a sense of justice and righteousness that compel christian institutions to report, rather than conceal the sexual abuse of minors in their midst. But since that doesn't seem to…

Dear Christian: Obesity & Gluttony Aren't Synonyms (And Why That Matters to Survivors of Sexual Abuse)

Feb. 2, 2022

Doctors, Scientists and researchers have long been exploring the link between obesity and childhood sexual abuse. In fact, sexual abuse is now recognized as being a key factor in obesity. The church, as usual, seems to be la…

Sexual Abuse Survivors and the Struggle with Self Care

Jan. 5, 2022

Why do survivors of sexual abuse seem to struggle with self care? And how has the church contributed to that struggle? We chat about it on today's episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/survivorsanctuary/m…

On Josh Duggar and the Church's Proclivity for Protecting Predators

Dec. 15, 2021

If you followed the Josh Duggar trial, you know that he was recently found guilty on two counts of possessing child pornography. Maybe you also noticed some similarities between how much of the Duggar family and The Church d…

When the Church Treats Sexual Abuse as a Partisan Issue: With Special Guest Joshua Yoder

Nov. 24, 2021

As promised, in this episode of Survivor Sanctuary we are piggy-backing off of our last episode on vaccine mandates and protecting the bodily autonomy of survivors of sexual abuse. We're chatting with Joshua Yoder, host of t…

Sexual Abuse, Body Autonomy, and How Vaccine Mandates Can Bring Up Trauma for Survivors

Nov. 4, 2021

Every once in a while, I need to record an episode that will step on #allthetoes. Typically, I try to stay away from political/partisan topics, but as vaccine mandates begin to go into effect across the nation, survivors of …

Hot Female Teachers and the Double Standard of Sexual Abuse Response in Schools

Oct. 13, 2021

It seems every other day in South Florida we see a new story of a teacher sexually abusing a student. And in fact, this past week, it was literally every other day, as two female teachers were arrested in Miami-Dade county f…

What the Gabby Petito Tragedy can Teach the Church about Believing Victims of Abuse

Sept. 22, 2021

As we've watched the tragic story of Gabby Petito unfold over the last several weeks, it's been triggering to survivors of all kinds of abuse. For survivors of sexual abuse in the church, specifically, we may not be able to …

When a Survivor Refuses to be Silenced: A Chat with Mendy Hood

Sept. 1, 2021

On today's episode of Survivor Sanctuary, we chat with Mendy Hood, a survivor of sexual abuse by her youth pastor at age 13. Mendy's fighting spirit is contagious as she shares her story and refuses to hold back in her quest…

If Frank Houston Were A Serial Bomber Instead of a Serial Child Rapist, We Wouldn't Be Having This Conversation

Aug. 12, 2021

Maybe you've seen the news that Hillsong founder Brian Houston has been formally charged for allegedly concealing his father's sexual assault of children. He is "devastated" by these charges, but perhaps not as devastated as…

To Those Who Think Sexual Abuse Ruins the Reputation of the Church

July 28, 2021

"Speaking out about sexual abuse doesn't ruin the reputation of the church... Sexual Abusers ruin the reputation of the church..." I'm sure they "meme" well, but when people use this logic to combat those who silence abuse v…

When Survivors are Bullied for Keeping the Faith

July 14, 2021

We know that many survivors of sexual abuse are judged by Christians for walking out of the church. But what about the survivors who choose to stay? It turns out many of them are also being judged, just by a new set of peopl…