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Episodes

Should Sexual Abusers Be Spiritual Leaders?

Oct. 2, 2019

It seems like a no-brainer: men and women who sexually abuse children should never be in church leadership. Yet over and over again we are seeing stories of sexual abusers returning to ministry and receiving the full support…

Handling Your Story of Abuse With Care

Sept. 25, 2019

When a sexual abuse survivor finds their voice and begins to share their story of abuse, what they need more than anything are empathetic listeners and supporters who will handle their story with tenderness and care, recogni…

The Choice to Speak Out About Sexual Abuse

Sept. 18, 2019

Many survivors of sexual abuse keep their stories hidden away for years. But as they begin to heal and find their voice, each survivor will be faced with a choice: to speak out or not to speak out. There is no right or wrong…

STOP Telling People to Move On: How to Support Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Sept. 11, 2019

Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words when you’ve been trusted with a story of someone’s deepest hurt? Or worse, have you been tempted to respond by blurting out an inspirational quote you once saw on a Facebook m…

A Chat with Ashley Easter, Creator of The Courage Conference

Sept. 4, 2019

On today's episode, Kelly chats with the awesome (and possibly superhuman) Ashley Easter, an outspoken advocate, writer, speaker, coach and conference creator. Ashley shares her story and how it led her to be an influential …

Snot On My Bedspread: The Accidental Way I Began to Heal from Childhood Sexual Abuse

Aug. 28, 2019

They say the first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. But what if you're completely clueless that a problem is even there? That was me, years back, the night that a snot-smeared bedspread led me to take th…

When a Predator Becomes a Pastor - Interview with Kelly M. Haines

Aug. 21, 2019

Today I'm joined on the podcast by Kelly Haines, survivor of sexual abuse by her Christian school teacher beginning at age 14. After serving time in prison for his sexual abuse of Kelly, John Longaker now serves as senior pa…

Survivor Sanctuary 101

Aug. 14, 2019

It's our inaugural episode! On today's podcast, you'll get to know Kelly and some of her story, and you'll also hear how Oprah and stroke survivors have a lot to teach the church about being safe sanctuaries for survivors of…

Minisode #1 - Survivor Sanctuary Launches 8-14-2019

Aug. 1, 2019

Survivor Sanctuary is coming SOON! On August 14th, Survivor Sanctuary will officially launch, and you're invited to join host Kelly Downing through navigating the road to healing from sexual abuse, and challenging the church…