This Post was originally written by Mary DeMuth, In this post she talks about the physical, mental, emotional and relational symptoms of having experienced sexual abuse. Below are some of the symptoms that she covers along with a link to the original post In Your Sexual Relationship:
• You are afraid to have sex. In fact, if sex were suddenly erased from planet earth, you would throw a party. • You can’t have sex—it hurts or it doesn’t work right.
Original Post By Kendall Davis In her Post Kendall addresses some of her experiences growing up in the Purity Culture. She mainly focuses on the message that many girls receive about modesty and the importance of protecting their virginity for their future husbands.
"Always dress modestly. Men are visual creatures, and your short skirt could cause your brother in Christ to stumble. Men are very physical creatures, so avoid any sort of physical contact. You wouldn’t want to cause your brother in Christ to stumble."
Original Post By: Elizabeth Esther In her post Elizabeth reflects on a powerful message that she received as a child in her church, the message is a simple one but clear "you are broken, you are unworthy". This sort of message is one that can be deeply damaging for a child and can lead to years of doubt and shame. Elizabeth goes on to talk about the damaging after effects of this message
" Even though I left an abusive church ten years ago, I’m still cleaning up the wreckage of the destructive belief that says I’m deeply, inherently broken" along with the message she wishes the church and parents would teach their children
By: Jamie Wright When I was a teenager, people often told me I looked a few years older than I was. At 14, I passed for 16. At 16, I passed for 20. At 17, I got pregnant, and all of a sudden I looked young again. Too young. Oh-but-she's-so-young young.
By: Beverly Engel We all experienced shame in childhood—whether it was from being teased or bullied on the playground, from always being the last one chosen to be on a team, from not knowing the answers when called upon in the classroom, or from being rejected by the girl or boy we had a crush on.
Shame is a powerful emotion. When you think back to the shaming experiences of your childhood it is likely that you are
By Micah J Murray If this is true, then marriage is nothing but a market exchange where we trade emotion for flesh in a desperate attempt to satisfy our own cravings. If this is true, I am simply a customer settling a invoice with flowers and kisses, my wife is a deluxe call girl with a long-term contract, and love is a filthy currency. As a newlywed man, with stockpiled marriage advice ringing in my ears, the sex/love economy hung heavy over my head. I worried about whether I was paying the fair market price of love for the sex I was getting. I was worried that my wife wasn't