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The #MeToo movement has revealed the wide-spread atrocities of sexual abuse within the larger culture. However, the #ChurchToo movement has exposed the church's culpability in this matter. More precisely, the theological malpractice of patriarchal authority without question has created an environment for sexual abuse to flourish behind a protective veil of personal and congregational misplaced conviction. Dr. R. Mitch Randall argues the church must accept responsibility for their part in creating the environment where sexual abuse thrived because the church's teaching of female subservience established male dominance in the culture. Therefore, if the church honestly seeks repentance of the culpability, then they must also turn to an egalitarian theological praxis.
The incidence of abuse is far more common than we believe. According to the CDC, half of all relationships involve lifelong emotional abuse. Recent studies point to much higher numbers. However, when a victim finds the courage to finally speak up, more often than not she is dismissed, not believed, given unhealthy ultimatums, criticized, or shunned. The response sustains the abuse and causes further harms. This second layer of abuse is what Annette Oltmans has termed Double Abuse®. Double Abuse® exacerbates trauma caused by original abuse and can lead a victim to develop complex trauma, or Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). In this breakout session, Annette takes a look at this complicated topic and provides tangible solutions. Listeners will walk away with a new perspective, equipped with tools to respond in healthy and helpful ways to prevent further harm and promote healing and restoration when a victim comes forward with their story of abuse.
Violence against women on college campuses is often seen as a "women's issue"—that is, a problem for women to lead the way in solving. But with males representing the primary perpetrators of such violence, men must be at the forefront of calling out bad behavior and changing social norms. In this workshop, former UC Irvine violence prevention educator Eugene Hung discusses ways that men can promote healthy masculinity and stop violence in college settings.
Johnrice Newton
This session explores the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing women survivors of domestic abuse can experience when they give voice to their stories of overcoming through faith. The Healing Voices book will be presented as a backdrop of the liberating power experienced by women survivors/victims of abuse when they give voice to their experiences. They then become legitimate agents of change to move themselves from a position of brokenness into ministry to other women through the sharing their stories.
The motivation for perpetrating abuse is always a lust for power and control. Patriarchy by nature produces a dynamic of power and control creating the perfect environment for abuse to grow, thrive and hide. Ashley Easter looks at the links between patriarchy and abuse in the home and church. Listen as Easter shares her own story of embracing equality in Christ and freedom from abuse. She shares the life-changing details she learned along the way that will help release our Christian communities from the devastating effects of abuse among us.
Most Christians do not hesitate to call God "father," "brother," and "comforter," yet there are those among us who struggle in shame, trying to comprehend these terms as "safe." As children who were molested by a trusted family member or friend, their understanding of God has been negatively impacted. This recording assists those who care for the female incest survivor to understand how sexual abuse, most specifically incest, can affect her image of God, and how to help restore what was unjustly stolen from her.
Seeking Justice and Loving Mercy: Gender and Equality in the Bible and our Culture