Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible, and Standing with Survivors

Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible, and Standing with Survivors

by Susannah Larry


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#MeToo. #ChurchToo. #GodToo?

What if survivors of sexualized violence experience the Bible as a powerful spiritual resource rather than an oppressive tool in the hands of those seeking to dismiss or justify abuse? Bible scholar Susannah Larry leads fellow survivors and those who care for them in a journey toward reclaiming the Bible amid the trauma of sexualized violence.

Leaving Silence: Sexualized Violence, the Bible, and Standing with Survivors is an unflinching examination of sexualized violence in the Bible and the God who stands steadfastly with survivors. Larry addresses biblical experiences of coercion, familial betrayal, and self-blame while also illuminating God’s constant care and concern.

​By centering the experiences of survivors in Scripture, Larry opens new insights into some of the Bible’s most difficult texts and releases its ancient stories to serve as a powerful healing witness to the God who has shared in the experience of sexualized violence. Under Larry’s skillful guidance, readers will rediscover the God who is present in experiences of trauma and who desires ultimate wholeness for survivors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513808178
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 562,536
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susannah Larry is a writer and scholar who works in between the piles of blocks and baby dolls on her living room floor. Raised in Atlanta, she brings together academic rigor and deep faith commitments in her writing. Susannah is assistant professor of biblical studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Though denominationally nomadic for several years, she now feels at home in Anabaptist and Mennonite traditions and attends Hively Avenue Mennonite Church. Susannah enjoys writing creative nonfiction, running, and cooking vegetarian meals. She blogs at susannahmarielarry.com.

Table of Contents

  1. An Original Sin: Sexual Coercion and the God Who Sees
  2. Bearing Witness to Our Stories 
  3. Men, Too: Hearing Male Survivors
  4. Pushed Out the Door: When Loved Ones Betray Us
  5. Beyond Blame 
  6. Jesus Stripped: Sexual Abuse on the Cross 


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