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A Timely and Needed Message for Churches

Hurting People

One in four women and one in six men are survivors of sexual abuse or assault. As you look across the faces seated before you each week, those statistics represent many wounded hearts in your community. And yet, as recent headlines have reminded us, sexual abuse remains taboo, enshrouded in silence and denial. 

Damaged Lives

Childhood sexual abuse is the top risk factor among Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and an inciting factor to many cases of marital and relational struggles, pornography addiction, infidelity and substance abuse. Yet, many survivors are living in denial, and so they fail to make the connection between abuse and its ripple effects in their adult lives.

Survivor advocate David Pittman observes that for another affliction impacting 20 percent our our community we'd  host a 5K and other forms of support. It's worth challenging why we continue to avoid sexual abuse, knowing that denial exacerbates both the problem and the suffering of survivors.

Denial helps audiences put a human face on the statistics by sharing one man's harrowing journey through life lived in denial of his abusive past. 

Spiritual Strongholds

One of the most powerful insights offered by Denial is the idea of sexual abuse as spiritual stronghold. Author Nanette Kirsch helps audiences come to grips with one of the most challenging aspects of sexual abuse: It often creates a powerful spiritual stronghold for survivors by causing them to doubt the goodness of a God who would allow such evil to be inflicted on innocents and by damaging survivors' ability to experience trust, vulnerability and intimacy in their love relationships -- with others and with God.  

 

Pastor Recommendations

Rev. Ashley Easter on Denial

"Too often we don’t talk about the stuff we need to be talking about. This is especially true in the church. Denial has the potential to change lives and bring healing.

God wants to invite all of us out of the secret places in our lives where we’re stuck and hurting, and this book is a great start. Courageous, timely, and urgent, Denial sheds light on dark places of shame, abuse, and addiction.

By bringing the darkness out into the light and getting us talking about the hard, destructive realities of life, Denial brings hope and spiritual breakthrough for its readers. 

Rev. Ashley Griffith, Pastor of Community Life Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC

Rev. Ashley Griffith, Pastor of Community Life

Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC

Rev. Anthony Thomas, Crossroads Fellowship:

Great presentation! 

Powerful message help overcome the stigma and denial that encompass the personal experience of sexual abuse. 

Whether you are a survivor, a loved one, or a professional called to help those recovering, you will find Nanette’s presentation compassionate, challenging and helpful.

 
Rev. Anthony Thomas , Care and Discipleship Pastor Crossroads Fellowship, Raleigh, NC

Rev. Anthony Thomas , Care and Discipleship Pastor

Crossroads Fellowship, Raleigh, NC

 
 

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