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Episode 101: Sexual Abuse and the Case for Digging Up the Past

Nov. 16, 2022

We've all been told at one point or another to leave the past in the past. But when it comes to sexual abuse, wading through the past is necessary for healing. On today's podcast, we'll discuss why it's important to carefull…

Happy 100TH Episode, Survivor Sanctuary! (Plus Some Big News!)

Nov. 9, 2022

In celebration of the 100th episode of the podcast, we're excited to announce that Survivor Sanctuary is now on Patreon! You can become a patron of the podcast starting at $5 per month, and have access to exclusive content a…

Episode 99: Hunting Child Molesters on Tinder

Oct. 26, 2022

Did you hear about the woman who helped take down a child molester she met on Tinder? This story is a great reminder that an abuser can be anyone. We chat about it on today's episode of the podcast. RESOURCES: Woman Uses Tin…

Episode 98: Surviving Sexual Abuse Or Playing the Victim?

Oct. 12, 2022

Are survivors of sexual abuse "playing the victim" when they speak out about sexual abuse? There are plenty of people who think (and say) so. On this episode of Survivor Sanctuary, we'll talk about what it actually means to …

Episode 97: When Child Molesters Go Free (And Then Want To Follow Me On Twitter)

Sept. 21, 2022

It's cute that the creepy ex youth leader who beat a rap for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor just followed me on Twitter. We chat about it on today's episode. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/survivorsa…

Episode 96: Beware Harmful Advice from Survivors and Advocates

Sept. 7, 2022

We're used to hearing bad advice, platitudes and questionable opinions on surviving sexual abuse from people who have never experienced abuse themselves. But there's a disturbing trend among survivors and advocates who seem …

Why Are Hardened Criminals More Enraged By Child Molesters Than The Church Is?

Aug. 24, 2022

The Department of Justice is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention for their decades of mishandling sexual abuse allegations. It may be easy to understand why the DOJ is concerned for the welfare of children, but wha…

When Mothers Side With Their Child's Abuser

Aug. 3, 2022

Is it a trauma response? A mental health disorder? What on earth would cause a mother to stay with and support a man who sexually abuses her kids? It happens more than we care to believe, and on today's episode we try to unp…

Counterfeit Confessions: How Abusers Use DARVO to Turn Churches Against Victims

July 20, 2022

Deny. Attack. Reverse Victim and Offender. It's a tactic used by many abusers to shame their victims and make them feel guilt over speaking out. But DARVO is also used to turn others--often entire religious communities--agai…

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…