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#WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft Show the Many Faces of Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

This week, the Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of star running back Ray Rice after video of Rice beating his then-fiancée Janay emerged online. Rice had previously been suspended for two games for the ...

At Angelina Jolie-Chaired Summit, Faith Leaders Work to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 06/12/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across Africa and England came together Wednesday to discuss the role clergy should play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. Religious leaders ...

#SurvivorPrivilege
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

In his opinon column published on June 6, George Will suggests that colleges have "become the victims of progressivism." In his opinon column published on June 6,  Geor ...

Biden Announces New Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Today Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of new initiatives aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses and launched NotAlone.gov — a website that pools campus reporting data and points bo ...

Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women — from the Pulpit
Originally Posted: 02/13/2014 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

We speak out because one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That’s one in three women in my family, in my circle of friends, in my workplace — and in my church. ...

Sex and Violence Go to Church: Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

What’s at stake in this conversation is whether Christians — and I think this is a call to American Christians in particular — whether American Christians are willing to dismantle a long-held justification for ...

Faith Community Must Shout for an End to Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders and their communities have immense power to reach all levels of society and should take coordinated, concerted action to speak out forcefully against sexual violence. ...

Navy Chaplains to Receive More Training on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Each year, Navy chaplains receive professional development training around a specific issue. Navy chaplain Lt. Cmdr. David Thames, deputy executive assistant to the chief of Navy chaplains, helped coordinate n ...

Billy Graham’s Grandson: Evangelicals ‘Worse’ Than Catholic Church on Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

The Christian mission field “is a magnet” for sex abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday to a room of journalists. The C ...

‘How Far Is Too Far?:’ Sexuality and Sexual Violence on Christian Campuses
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

For Christian college administrators, who take seriously the formation not just of mind but of spirit, the reality of campus-based sexual violence is challenging for many to admit. Yet it has serious implicati ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

The Biblical Imperative to Speak Out on Sexual Violence and Keep Our Churches Safe
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

It is because Tamar is named — not hidden — that we can begin to understand that we must not replicate the actions of Amnon, Absalom, and David. We must call each other by name. As followers of the Prince of P ...

To Tell the Truth: The Courage to Speak Out Against Respected Men
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

I long for each of us to wrestle with the truth that we are never to blame — no matter how we dress, what we look like, or how much we’ve had to drink. We never, ever deserve to have our bodies treated as obje ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

In the Image of God: Sex, Power, and ‘Masculine Christianity’
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Most of us are too familiar with this story: an Upper Midwestern Baptist minister claims that “God made Christianity to have a masculine feel [and] ordained for the church a masculine ministry.” Or a Reformed ...

'I Believe You:' The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, Amee Paparella was an eager student at a state university in Ohio. A conservative Christian, she quickly signed up to join the campus ministry. What she found in the group surprised her. “It ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

International Women's Day: A Christian Response to Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face shockingly high rates of rape, including reports of mass rapes by soldiers, especially in the conflict-ridden province of Kivu. One Christian hospital, operated b ...

Bullet-Proof Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Death threats haven't stopped Rev. James Byensi, a Congolese pastor, from seeking peace in his homeland. ...

Weapons of Terror
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the seeming weapon of choice would not be some sort of super-nuclear missile or an ultra-deadly biological toxin, but that it would, instead, be women? ...

David, Bathsheba, and the AIDS Pandemic: A Video Scriptural Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

In the video below, Eric Barreto, an assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn., explains how the story of David and Bathsheba relates to our modern-day struggle to end the oppression of women through sexual violence an ...

David, Bathsheba, Grace, and AIDS
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

Like the story of David and Bathsheba, death and love too often are linked in the stories of women living with HIV and AIDS in Africa. If we want to see this pandemic end, women must be given space to have pow ...

Rape: The Horrific Tale of Two Surveys
Originally Posted: 12/16/2011 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

It’s impossible to ignore the significance of the most recent SigEp transgression in light of a very different survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the day after the Vermont ...

Lara Logan and Sexual Violence in Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Agree with her politics or not, Lara Logan is charting territory in which we still see very few women as the chief foreign correspondent at <em>CBS News</em>. Agree w ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Seeing Our Place in the Matrix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.</ ...

Uniting to Eliminate Violence against Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>"Some 70 percent of women experience in their lifetime some form of physical or sexual violence from men -- the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone th ...