Emily Love Esworthy is a Communications Officer for IMA World Health. Through the faith-based We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition to end sexual and gender based violence, led by IMA, her work has spanned from international advocacy at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women to working with individual faith leaders at the grassroots level to raise awareness and address violence in their communities.
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Have You Ever Heard a Sermon on Domestic Violence?
Faith communities can play a powerful role in preventing violence and supporting survivors, but collectively we’re falling short. Two-thirds (65 percent) of pastors say they speak once a year or less about sexual and domestic violence, with 1 in 10 never addressing it at all. This failure has a deep and lasting impact.