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When dental visits unearth old trauma

[Trigger warning] From the taste of blood in her mouth to feeling powerless and unable to talk, sexual assault survivor Juliet dreaded annual visits to the dentist. Everything brought back the trauma of the sexual abuse she’d endured from a male relative from the age of three to 14. She would “white knuckle” the dental …

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Most victims of strangulation will not have visible external injuries

Non-fatal strangulations point to future homicides. Victims of non-fatal strangulation often relate to being “choked” and though this terminology is commonly used among victims and police officers alike, the word is often used incorrectly. Choking is an internal blocking of the airway by an object. In contrast, strangulation is a form of asphyxiation characterized by …

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Has Bible translation affected how the church responds to abuse?

A new page has been added to our Frequently Asked Questions:  Has Bible translation affected how the church responds to abuse? We will add to and curate the links we have on this page when we publish new posts that we think will relate to the topic of how Bible translation has affected the way the …

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Shepherds Protect the Flock: Five Changes Pastors Need to Make in Addressing Abuse in the Church

A guest post by an American pastor. In his excellent book on pastoral ministry, Timothy Witmer proposes four duties of the pastor. Taking his cues from the Bible, he uses the image of a shepherd to describe these duties. A shepherd must know the flock, feed the flock, lead the flock, and protect the flock. …

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Have you been strangled? Or smothered so you couldn’t breathe?

Professionals, the public and victims are misinformed about strangulation. Most victims of strangulation will not have visible external injuries. Fatal strangulation can occur without any external evidence of violence on the human body. The victim may die hours, days or months after the strangulation event. Non-fatal strangulation can have serious immediate and long-term health consequences …

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Resistance and backlash to social change

If you are working to promote social change, you can expect to meet resistance. Resistance may occur in any setting (e.g. a local church, or the Christian community at large). It may come from individuals or collectively, and from men or women. When it comes to social change, people (and organisations) are on a continuum, …

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