Well, it’s nearing the last week of January and I almost missed pointing out that it’s Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month.
Way back when I started my original blog about my abusive church experience, one woman found my blog and left a comment. Her name was Barb Orlowski. It was the very next week that I was sued by my former pastor and Barb was one of the original three people I contacted when looking for help during my very scary experience. She immediately networked and found supportive people who gave me ideas and encouraged me.
Barb Orlowski, a long-time SSB friend and commenter, has been written a book on spiritual abuse and has been researching the topic for years. She asked if I could pass along the following information about a spiritual abuse survey. If you haven’t taken Barb’s survey, I encourage you to do so. Spiritual abuse is easily dismissed by many, but those of us who have experienced it know how life-changing it can be. It’s important to have this research.
January has been designated, for the past number of years, as:
*Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month*
Many bloggers have joined in to raise the awareness about spiritual abuse.
Some of you may be new to this negative church life experience and how devastating it can be. Finding others online, who have experienced spiritual abuse and hearing how they have slowly recovered, provides hope and help–especially if you have wondered what exactly has happened to you.
You may not be aware of my ongoing invitation for people who have suffered from spiritual abuse and who have recovered sufficiently–to fill out my online questionnaire.
This initial survey was designed for participants in my doctoral research project regarding spiritual abuse and how people eventually recovered from it.
Out of that project came my website: ChurchExiters.com and my book, entitled: “Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness.”
Bloggers have been a huge help in getting the word out for people to know about this opportunity to tell their stories and have these accounts added to the growing statistics of those wounded by spiritual abuse in their local churches.
A few years ago I was asked by a researcher in Australia if I could point them to statistics regarding how widespread spiritual abuse was. At this time, there still does not appear to be very many studies that I can point people to, apart from my own. This is a motivator to request that people–who were not involved in the original study–take the time in order to be a part of this new research project.
Please carefully consider the following criteria for participation in this opportunity to ‘Add Your Voice’.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
1. Carefully read through the criteria.
2. If you have considered the criteria and feel that you fit and that you will not be harmed by answering the questions, please proceed.
3. If you feel that this exercise could be therapeutic as well as help to bring you closure, please proceed.
4. Then Click on PLEASE CLICK HERE for Participant Questionnaire.
· Your completed questionnaire will be added to my ongoing file.
· Your comments will be kept completely confidential.
Thank You for being willing to share your story!
Looking forward to hearing from you as soon as convenient.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best!
Barb Orlowski, D.Min.