#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing


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When Emily Joy Allison outed her abuser on Twitter, she launched #ChurchToo, a movement to expose the culture of sexual abuse and assault utterly rampant in Christian churches in America. Not a single denomination is unaffected. And the reasons are somewhat different than those you might find in the #MeToo stories coming out of Hollywood or Washington. While patriarchy and misogyny are problems everywhere, they take on a particularly pernicious form in Christian churches where those with power have been insisting, since many decades before #MeToo, that this sexually dysfunctional environment is, in fact, exactly how God wants it to be.

#ChurchToo turns over the rocks of the church's sexual dysfunction, revealing just what makes sexualized violence in religious contexts both ubiquitous and uniquely traumatizing. It also lays the groundwork for not one but many paths of healing from a religious culture of sexual shame, secrecy, and control, and for survivors of abuse to live full, free, healthy lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506464817
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 03/09/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 519,511
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Emily Joy Allison is a writer, poet, and yoga teacher. She holds a degree in philosophical theology and apologetics from Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. In November 2017, as the #MeToo movement was going viral, Emily came forward with her own story of abuse at the hands of her church and launched the #ChurchToo movement overnight. She has been writing and speaking about religious sexualized violence and its theological underpinnings ever since. Emily lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

1. Keep Your Way Pure... Or Else
2. For Women Who Profess Reverence for God
3. The Works of the Flesh
4. At All Times
5. Not Even a Hint
6. Male and Female He Created Them
7. As Long As He Lives
8. I Suffer Not a Woman
9. Greater Love
10. Healing Paths Diverge
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