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#churchtoo Raped, tracked, humiliated: Clergy wives speak out about domestic violence

Women who were married to abusive priests and pastors are for the first time revealing their experiences of sexual assault, control and fear. They say the church has known for decades that some clergy abuse their wives but has done very little to fix the ongoing problem.

Raped, tracked, humiliated: Clergy wives speak out about domestic violence

This article was published yesterday at ABC News in Australia. For copyright reasons we can’t reblog it here but we urge all our readers to read it by clicking the link.

The article mentions A Cry For Justice. I (Barb) was involved in helping disidentify the women’s stories. There are eight women’s stories embedded in the article. To find them, scroll down the ABC article till you see these four pictures, then click on the drop down arrow under each picture.

Then scroll down the article some more till  you see these other four pictures:


  1. Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries
  2. L

    Hi Barbara, Clergy [is] number 8 on the list of jobs for psychopaths. Divorced such an individual 7 years ago and I can’t believe that I can laugh again….although I am on treatment for Complex-PTSD.

    Thank you very much for all the work you do.

    Love and regards, L, South Africa

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  3. NG

    Wow. I have come across such ‘perfect men of God’ mentioned in the article .. and so grateful now that none of the ‘boyish, bookish, intellectual’ etc… superpastors wanted to pursue me. There is something deeply derisive and arrogant in many pious guys – I could recognize so many characteristics and behavioral patterns in that article..

    It is much better to be single than to live with an angry, domineering man who hates any spark and confidence in a woman. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

  4. Dealing With Abusive Clergy

    Rev Sandy Grant, who is chair of the Domestic Abuse Task Force at the Sydney Anglican Diocese, was interviewed on Australia’s Radio National yesterday. Click on the link to listen to what he said.

  5. Doug

    Lengthy but illuminating article. Noticed many references to “submission” as somehow related to the abuse cases. Not sure this is cause and effect, but maybe something grabbed hold of by a man lacking love; a tool if you will, to help fulfill his selfish lusts. That said, the church does tend to perpetuate the idea of submission in marriage from the perspective of marriage as an organizational chart.

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