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A Message to Our Sisters and Brothers in South Africa
We join you in prayer and in action.
Dear Cardinal Mahony
I realize that you are soon to retire as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I can only assume that you are exhausted from dealing with sexual abuse ...
Rape is Rape is Rape . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice has updated its definition of rape. Now we can name more clearly what victims of rape have known for centuries.
Politics, Religion and Rape
As presidential politics play out, Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has been challenged to answer questions about his involvement in the release of convicted ...
RoundTable: Multifaith Perspectives on Suffering and Sexual & Domestic Violence - Recorded
Join Marie Fortune, Jan Bays and Mark Dratch in a conversation: Suffering is a common human experience. Our faith traditions seek to understand and give ...
Love Does No Harm: Sexual Ethics for the Rest of Us
A practical book about nonsexist sexual ethics in relation to family values.
Creating Partnerships to End Sexual Violence
An interreligious resource
Weary Beyond Words
“Legitimate rape” has now been added to the lexicon of sexual assault thanks to Representative Todd Akin, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. One ...
Rick Warren’s Teaching
Since Rick Warren was invited to give the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next week, he has been attracting some attention and scrutiny. Warren is ...
Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia Part 2
In my last blog, I took the position that the Georgia law that criminalizes all volunteer activities in a faith community by registered sex offenders is ...
Reflection: Shiphrah and Puah, the Two Midwives of Passover Faith and Freedom
The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The ...
Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia
The state of Georgia is trying to protect its children from sex offenders. To that end it passed legislation in 2006 (updated in 2008) that is viewed as the ...
Dear BYU: Rape is Not Pre-Marital Sex
Madi Barney, a student at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, reported being raped off campus to the Provo, Utah, police. She did not report it ...
Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Role of the Faith Community in Preventing & Healing Child Sexual Abuse (2016) -RECORDED
Rev. Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center (Waco, TX), discusses the ways faith communities can support child victims and adult survivors of ...
Pastoral Care Issues: End of Life Needs of Survivors (2016) -RECORDED
As survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse reach the end of their lives, many are longing to find peace, integration, and validation of their life ...
How to Create Trauma-Informed Faith Communities 2016 (RECORDED)
Trauma-informed faith communities understand and recognize the impacts of trauma. They are healing spaces where survivors of domestic and sexual violence can ...
Rape Culture: The 2016 Presidential Campaign
This is what Rape Culture looks like—Donald Trump’s “locker room” chat that was recorded and is now before us. I am not as offended by the lewdness of his ...
Living in Parched Places
I live in a parched place. In east Tennessee, it has only rained 3 times in the last 4 months. This relentless heat and drought are palpable every day. So also ...
Letter to a Helper
by Bettie Williams-Watson
WEBINAR: Sexual Assault in the Military: The Role of the Chaplain
Join us 6/20/13 - Recent news coverage of high profile cases of military sexual assault have highlighted both the dysfunction of reporting mechanisms within ...
Beyond Belief
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and has been observed each year since as a day to recognize women’s achievements as well as to lift up ...
Order More Millstones...
Brentwood Academy is an elite, non-denominational Christian, college prep school in a Nashville suburb. A civil lawsuit has been filed by a mother on behalf of ...
FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference
FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual ...
“Marriage Is Sacred”
A few years back there was a news article in California about the prosecution of a husband for marital rape of his wife. The wife had locked herself in the ...
The Transformation of Suffering: A Biblical and Theological Perspective
by Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
Consent: Not Rocket Science—Really
What is it that people don’t understand about consent in sexual relationships? Evidently a lot, given the staggering numbers of rapes in the military, on ...
A Celebration and an Update
This month, there was a celebration in Malicounda Bambara, Senegal, of the 10th anniversary of the village’s public declaration to abandon female genital ...
Where Are These Men? Part 2
The Fathers’ Day Poll released by the Family Violence Prevention Fund that I discussed in last week’s blog suggests that the majority of men are aware and ...
Forgiveness = “It’s Okay; Go Ahead and Rob Me”
A group of teenagers, when apprehended for home burglaries, were asked why they selected these particular homes. They replied, “Because we knew that Christians ...