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Ministry in the Aftermath of Sexual Violence

Amy Farley offers a survivor’s perspective on what to do … and what not to do

George P Wood on January 16, 2020

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According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, “One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.” The center also reports that “one in three women and one in six men [will experience] some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.” These statistics show that sexual violence affects millions of women and men.

But when was the last time you heard a sermon or Sunday School lesson about sexual violence? If churches aren’t aware of or talking about the problem of sexual violence, how can we effectively minister to those who have experienced it?

That’s the question I’m talking to Amy Farley about in Episode 206 of the Influence Podcast. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence magazine and your host. Amy Farley is an ordained Assemblies of God minister; senior pastor of The River International Church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and a survivor of sexual violence.

She’ll bring her unique perspective to bear on this topic in today’s podcast.

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