Sexual Abuse

October 19, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
As a mental health professional, I find myself helping individuals at crossroads in their lives as they seek to understand various emotions and events that have taken place or are taking place. No matter what path my clients might be facing, through the lens of our Savior Jesus Christ’s teachings, I have gained a deep understanding that the first step in the healing and self-acceptance process is the gift of love—love that invites each child of God to trust, hope, and seek spiritual guidance, self-acceptance, and, when appropriate, accountability. Jesus Christ, although He taught the masses, made it a priority to focus on the individual based on where they were or are today and why they sought Him or seek Him. Our Savior made it clear in His teaching that all types of abuse are not appropriate, both through His words and actions. It was Christ who stepped forward to stop stonings and mistreatments during His earthly ministry, and it was Christ who stepped forward to love and help those in need. The Church’s recent efforts to provide training and awareness about abuse for youth teachers make it clear that this is an important topic for us to know and understand. Here a few more insights to help us better support with love those who have faced sexual assault or abuse.
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By  LDS Living
June 21, 2019 03:05 PM MDT
After being molested by a person she considered a close friend, Ally didn't know where to turn.
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By  LDS Living
February 05, 2019 09:51 PM MST
“If I can help one person, if I can bring some sort of healing to one person by telling my story, then it's worth it," Rabbi Avrohom (“Avremi”) Zippel said after testifying that his former nanny, Alavina Florreich, sexually abused him for 10 years.
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December 21, 2018 02:09 PM MST
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
After going to see a seemingly safe kids movie with her family, LDS mom Terina Maldonado was disturbed by the messages it shared, so she decided to do something about it. About the movie, Show Dogs, Maldonado writes, "What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle."
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April 26, 2018 02:25 PM MDT
“We feel profound sorrow for what each of these women has experienced. It is particularly heartbreaking that they have suffered because of the actions of a man who should have been a trusted priesthood leader. As followers of Jesus Christ, we want to do all within our power to both alleviate suffering and prevent abuse," a Church statement released Thursday said.
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By  LDS Living
October 25, 2017 01:32 PM MDT
LDS artist Nadia Khristean creates music to raise awareness for social causes she feels passionate about. Recently, she performed an emotional cover of Demi Lovato's "Warrior" to capture her feelings of the #MeToo campaign, which brings to light voices of women who have been sexually harassed or abused.
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