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Season 2

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…

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…

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…

Jesus Gave Up His Life... Why Can't "Repentant" Abusers Give Up the Pulpit?

June 18, 2021

According to most preachers, Jesus is the example we should all be following. So why do so many of them fail to emulate Christ and his willingness to lay down his life for his sheep? If Jesus willingly gave up his rights as …

For the Fruit of the Spirit is... Niceness (Why the Church Fails to Recognize Wolves)

May 12, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, we're going to finish our conversation about Wolves, and why the Church has so much trouble recognizing them in its midst. To start, it's very difficult to recognize a wolf when you don't even…

Christians Don't Actually Believe What the Bible Says About Wolves (And Other Reasons Sexual Abuse is Rampant in the Church)

May 5, 2021

It's there in black and white, and sometimes in red. The warnings about wolves are weaved throughout the tapestry of the New Testament, admonishing us to be on the lookout for the ravenous predators disguised as sheep in our…

When a Predator Shapes How You Pastor: A Chat with Bryan Holt (Part I)

March 31, 2021

It can often feel to survivors that pastors who truly care about sexual abuse are mere legends. Sure, we've heard they're out there, but has anyone ever actually seen one up close? As it turns out, yes. And while we aren't a…

[In]Competent to Counsel: How "Biblical" Counseling Can Harm Sexual Abuse Survivors

March 24, 2021

Evangelical Christianity has its own music, movies, books and catch phrases, so it stands to reason that we need our own therapists as well. Right? Well, maybe not. While Christian movies may only make you cringe and despera…

Is Your Cardiologist A Christian? (How the Church Discourages Survivor Healing)

March 17, 2021

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse know all too well that churches often miss the mark (by a lot) when it comes to supporting survivors. But what pours salt into their deep wounds is that these same churches often demonize …

Life Without Parole: When Predators Offend and Victims Serve Their Sentence

March 10, 2021

While experts and offenders debate whether child predators should be rehabilitated or imprisoned, victims of sexual abuse receive an automatic life sentence. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/survivorsanctuary…

Is My Podcast Sending People To Hell? And Other Questions About Speaking Out On Sexual Abuse

Feb. 24, 2021

You're ruining the reputation of the Church. You're hurting the cause of Christ. You're turning people away from Christianity and sending them to hell. If you're a survivor of sexual abuse, you've likely had all of these acc…

How Protectors Help Us Heal from Sexual Abuse

Feb. 10, 2021

I lost my brother last month, and as a result, my fiercest protector. In his honor, this episode of Survivor Sanctuary is dedicated to "protectors" like him, and their role in helping us heal from sexual abuse. Support Survi…

From Surviving to Advocating: Four Things You Should Know

Jan. 13, 2021

For many survivors of sexual abuse, finding their voice leads to speaking out and advocating for victims of abuse. But before you dive head-first into the world of advocacy, there are four things Kelly would like you to know…

Lessons on Sexual Abuse Prevention from a Covid-19 Scare

Dec. 2, 2020

Sometimes life throws curveballs that teach unexpected lessons. The last three weeks have been crazy, scary and riddled with anxiety, but the silver lining is a lesson in protecting the vulnerable that is invaluable for pare…

What an Oversized Fish Can Teach the Church About Dealing with Sex Offenders

Nov. 4, 2020

I read two articles this week about institutions dealing with "offenders" in their midst. One was about a church in Florida that hosts a ministry of love and acceptance to sex offenders. The other was about how an aquarium i…

Speaking Out on Sex Abuse: A Chat With Jimmy Hinton (Part 1)

Oct. 21, 2020

On today's episode of Survivor Sanctuary, I'm chatting with advocate and predator expert Jimmy Hinton. After turning in his own father for sexually abusing children more than a decade ago, Jimmy has dedicated much of his tim…

Sexual Abuse Actually Does Leave A Mark

Oct. 8, 2020

You may have heard it said that the effects of sexual abuse can't be physically seen. We focus a lot, and rightfully so, on the mental, emotional and psychological effects of abuse. But while there are many "unseen" effects …

The Damage Done By "Grooming"

Sept. 23, 2020

Whatever you call it--grooming, testing, preparing--the process by which a predator selects and readies his victims for abuse can be just as damaging as the acts of abuse themselves. Today on the podcast we talk about the da…

When Our Theology Protects Predators Over Victims

Sept. 16, 2020

On episode 47 of the podcast, we'll take a look at why it is so difficult for victims of sexual abuse to find healing from their trauma within the church. When a church's theology preaches freedom for the predator while pili…

When Church is a Trauma Trigger

Sept. 2, 2020

Sitting in a church service watching a worship pastor with skinny jeans and perfectly disheveled hair croon the latest Hillsong chorus might seem perfectly peaceful to many churchgoers. To a survivor of abuse, though, it can…

Do You *Really* Want to #SavetheChildren?

Aug. 26, 2020

The SavetheChildren hashtag has become mighty popular on social media over the last few months. Awesome news for abused and trafficked children, right?! Not really, as it turns out. On this episode of Survivor Sanctuary, we'…

Happy Anniversary, Survivor Sanctuary!

Aug. 19, 2020

Today on the podcast we're celebrating Survivor Sanctuary's one year podcastversary (totally a word, right?). We'll take a look back at the past year, and chat about what's in store for season two of the podcast. Grab your p…