sexual abuse

You Can Help Bring Healing

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3a48568e-24ea-4072-a8b2-d2627b28bde0Authenticity Book House (ABH) has agreed to secure translation for my friend Mary DeMuth’s book, Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse. Their plan is to translate the book into Spanish, Mandarin, and Marathi (India).

Not only does ABH pay a translator on the ground in the targeted language group, giving him or her much-needed income, but they also foresee getting the book into the hands of sexually exploited people, either for free or at a nominal cost.

This all costs money, so ABH is doing a crowdfunding campaign to bring in needed funds, 100% of which go directly to the translation projects.

In several of the targeted language groups, it is taboo even to speak of abuse, and prosecution is rare. Victims feel violated, alone, and dirty, not realizing that they are worthy of healing, or that someone else understands. Not Marked has brought hope to …

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Bathsheba’s Story: How I changed my perspective

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Today we have a guest post from one of my former students, Sarah Bowler. I served as one of her thesis readers, and she did some brilliant work, a sampling of which you’ll find here: 
Bathsheba’s story captures our attention. Painters, such as Jean-Léon Gérôme or Rembrandt, have depicted her bathing provocatively. Actress Susan Hayword brought her story to life in the 1951 film “David and Bathsheba,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Authors speculate on her life in historical fiction works.
I’ve even stumbled across various forms of this social media meme (see photo).
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Notice the words “David had an affair,” a fairly common phrase. I thought little of it the first time I saw the meme, but when I conducted research for my thesis on Bathsheba, my perspective changed.
I started with the notion that Bathsheba tends to get a bad rap. I had always figured the details
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Mary DeMuth: Not Marked

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Happy birthday to my friend, Mary DeMuth! Today also marks the launch of her crowd-sourced book, Not Marked. Here’s what Mary has to say about it:

I’m humbled and grateful to be here today. A huge thank you
to Sandra for allowing me to share my heart.

A little background: I’ve shared
sexual abuse story
in the past few years, but I haven’t always been
so open. Initially I kept it silent for a decade, then over-shared, then went
silent another decade. The healing journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been

About a year ago, I sensed God wanted me to be bold in
sharing about sexual abuse. I wrote “The
Sexy Wife I Cannot Be
” on Deeper Story,
which went crazy (so many comments), followed by “I’m
Sick of Hearing About Your Smoking Hot Wife
” on Christianity
. The overwhelming …
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