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March 25, 2017
Startling Statistics: Child sexual abuse and what the church can begin doing about it | Religion News Service
I read a post on Violetwisp’s blog. https://violetwisp.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/religion-is-harmless/ . It started with a post by Ark. https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/oh-for-gods-sake-religion-does-no-harm-oh-really/ . I think this is an important topic. I agree with Ark on this, however I am not saying all religious people are deliberately bad or “evil”. I think the institutions of religion by their natures can not help but affect everything they try to do with some amount of negativity. Even religious groups trying to do great things like feed people who are hungry and clothe people and arrange for homeless children to be placed with loving qualified parents are poisoned by being done by religious organizations. This is why I say this, if a person without food is required to listen to a sermon that may not agree with their views just to receive the food it is coercion. If you have to agree with the dogma of a religion to receive the clothing you need, it is wrong. If a child is denied a loving family, a qualified home because a religious group discriminates against possible parents based on their religious criteria is criminal in my view.
So this is why I say that even when trying to do good works, if it involves a religion it is soured. The same good actions can be and in fact should be done by secular humans caring for other humans. Thanks. Hugs
Other studies have found that sexual abusers within faith communities have more victims and younger victims. This disturbing truth is perhaps best illustrated by the words of a convicted child molester who told Dr. Salter,
I considered church people easy to fool…they have a trust that comes from being Christians. They tend to be better folks all around and seem to want to believe in the good that exists in people.
Besides sending shockwaves down your spine, why is it critical for those within the faith community to be aware of these statistics?
If approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been sexually abuse as children (an even a more conservative statistic than that provided by Dr. Russell), this means that our churches are filled with abuse survivors. For example, [tweetable]a church of 200 members (100 women and 100 men) will have at least 41 child sexual abuse survivors…20.5%![/tweetable] Yet, sexual abuse is still too seldom talked about inside our churches.
March 24, 2017
Only when I began looking into the historical evidence for Jesus did I begin to realize how shockingly sparse it is. And not just sparse; every word of what little we do have is complete hearsay — and also seriously problematic, contradictory and suspiciously reminiscent of older writings… Still, I soldiered on, comfortably certain there was a real Jesus to be found somewhere. But long story short, after two years of pulling on that thread, it became increasingly apparent that there was no sweater left. I was stunned and baffled, but I couldn’t shake the conclusion that there had been no Jesus of Nazareth at all — a conviction that has only grown stronger since.
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*edited this to correct the months that I was out of school. It was some time in the earliest part of spring because the old snow was trying to melt away, and I was taken out of school not to return until we moved twice.* Hugs
No one wants to hear what I have to say about this. No one wants to hear me rant and rave. I don’t want to use words that I need to express my anger at this. Remember when in the late 1960’s when the people I lived with were accused of abuse of myself, they simply moved. I have told the story before how they moved twice in the spring to mid summer. I was taken out of school and did not return until we were in a completely different town and school system. SO here is an excerpt from the article. Hugs.
To avoid the social services, the education system and doctors, the parents moved to another province. After a few more years of pain, isolation, starvation and a lack of sufficient medical treatment, Alex died. Now, both of the parents have been convicted to life in prison for first degree murder. Justice has been served, but it was too late for Alex and his life could have been saved by the system years before if it was not because of the decision of a judge to give him back to his parents. Later investigations would reveal that the parents had gotten another child taken from them earlier and another infant that had died under mysterious circumstances.
They denied that he had diabetes, kept him isolated and starved him for years.