April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I’m making a list of my favorite activists speaking out against sexual violence. Some are old-school activists working on the ground in non-profit organizations; some are artists; some are writers – all are committed. I’ve been speaking out against sexual violence for the last 15 years – beginning slightly more than a year after I survived an experience of rape. The people I mention this month are friends and comrades.
Tamar’s Voice is a small national non-profit that focuses specifically on ministry to those who have experienced clergy sexual abuse. This is actually a significant problem that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. While church denominations will deal with this issue when they find themselves in legal quandaries, Tamar’s Voice is a reminder of the way clergy sexual abuse affects people, their lives and their faiths. They also highlight the book, What About Her?: a True Story of Clergy Abuse Survival, which gives one first-person account of how clergy abuse happens.
I met Director Jan Tuin at a conference years ago, and was impressed by the dedication that she and her husband have to this work. They are diligent and brave! Check them out.
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