Boy, we did it this time. Except this time, instead of quoting us about a particular abusive church leader, they interviewed us!
Since last fall, reporter Sarah Stankorb has been working behind the scenes calling Dee Parsons of The Wartburg Watch, Amy Smith, Ashley Easter, Jules Woodson, Kelly Haines and me for an article she was working on. When some of us were at Ashley Easter’s Courage Conference in October, we were interviewed in person, and a team of photographers flew down to Raleigh to snap some pictures. Whoa – that’s when I knew they were serious – they didn’t just want a cell phone head shot like this one!
Well, the article finally came out yesterday.
I know after talking with Dee, that both of us have been doing this work, not for the notoriety, but to expose harm done in churches. Sarah did a ton of work gathering info and fact checking people from our past, our experiences, by phone, e-mail, and text. So, for that reason alone, I’m grateful for this article, because Lord knows we certainly have had quite a few naysayers! But what it means is that we are being taken seriously. I think that gives us a bit more credibility. When we reach out to church leaders and ask questions, they will know we mean business.
But a big thanks goes to YOU, my blog readers who keep this place going, who support and encourage survivors! Thank you!
Here’s the link to the Washington Post article: The Crusading Bloggers Exposing Abuse in Protestant Churches .