A Word from Laura: A Woman of Valor
As mother of an almost-teenage girl, as pastor of women who have survived sexual violence, as a former teenage girl with a story of my own, as a human being and person of faith reading Christine Blasey Ford’s account of sexual assault, I felt my heart both sink and ignite. Professor Blasey Ford’s story sounded too much like other stories I’ve known.
Christian faith has not often been on the forefront of speaking out against sexual violence or giving voice to those who have survived; in fact, the larger church has been known to perpetuate a mantle of secrecy, silence and shame.
In truth, our Christian faith is rooted in the imago dei, our belief that all are created in God’s image. Human life and sexuality are sacred. Jesus himself often went against his culture’s gender norms...