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Guest Blog: A Response to Matt Walsh on #Metoo

I’m quite delighted to welcome my husband onto the blog for a guest post today. A few days back, provocative Christian blogger Matt Walsh released an op-ed on the politically conservative news site, The Daily Wire. The title of his piece was “It’s Time for the #Metoo...

Let’s Talk about Our Boys

When I first started this blog and my associated Facebook page at @ClaireRoiseAdvocacy, I addressed male-dominated abusive marriages within the church almost exclusively. It was a needed area of conversation; it was what I had seen; and I certainly wasn’t the only one...

Blue Hair, Tribal Boundaries, and Learning to Listen

“Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” This is a subject a little off the beaten path of my normal message of advocacy for victims of...

Begin with Belief, Part 2

In an earlier blog post I talked about why we should begin with belief when hearing allegations of child sexual or domestic abuse. Today I’d like to talk a little more about that.  Assuming the victim must have misunderstood or misremembered details, or must be...

Seatbelts, Cigarettes…and Abuse

In his talk for Awaken 2017, my husband made the comment that he wants to accomplish for abuse what we've seen happen within very recent memory for seatbelts and cigarettes. Once upon a time, cigarette smoking was not just socially acceptable, it said you were savvy,...

Awaken Idaho 2017

I had the great privilege of working on the planning committee for this conference this past weekend, and wow, what an experience. The speakers were so, so good, and the way the church (leadership and staff of Real Life on the Palouse, courageous tellers of...

In Advocacy: Begin with Belief

To study psychological trauma is to come face to face both with human vulnerability in the natural world and with the capacity for evil in human nature. To study psychological trauma means bearing witness to horrible events. When the events are natural disasters or...

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