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When Religion Leads to Trauma

by Richard Schiffman

Some churches “weaponize scripture and religion to do very deep damage on the psyche,” one pastor says. “We think of church as a place of healing and transformation, and it is,” says Michael Walrond Jr., pastor of the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. But for some, he says, “religion has been more bruising and damaging than healing and transformative.” Read more

Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Read more


Advocating for everyone’s right to accurate and comprehensive sexuality information, education, and related health services since 1964. Read more

Breaking Their Will

by Janet Heimlich


Banking On Heaven: Polygamy In The Heartland Of The American West

by Laurie Allen

Banking on Heaven is the inside story of the largest polygamous enclave in the United States, produced and narrated by Laurie Allen, who escaped a similar sect a age sixteen. Banking on Heaven exposes a culture that robs our welfare system, and uses mind control and fear to enslave thousands of Americans. The film reveals the politicians' failure to help, the Mormon Church's role and the plight of innocent members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS). This Heartfelt story is told by those still inside, and those who have escaped. And you, the taxpayer are financing this corrupt sect. Read more

13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession

by M Dolon Hickmon

Detective William Hursel has worked countless murder cases, staring down the cruelest deeds humanity has to offer. But nothing prepares him for what he’ll uncover while pursuing 14-year-old Christopher Pesner, a suspect in the brutal rage-killing of his own mother. Read more

Prevention and Management of Procedural Pain in the Neonate

by Committee on Fetus and Newborn and Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

The prevention of pain in neonates should be the goal of all pediatricians and abstract health care professionals who work with neonates, not only because it is ethical but also because repeated painful exposures have the potential for deleterious consequences. Neonates at greatest risk of neurodevelopmental impairment as a result of preterm birth (ie, the smallest and sickest) are also those most likely to be exposed to the greatest number of painful stimuli in the NICU. Read more

To Raise Resilient Kids, Be a Resilient Parent

by Emily F. Popek

As parents, we want our children to be emotionally resilient — able to handle life’s ups and downs. But parents’ ability to foster resilience in our children hinges a great deal on our own emotional resilience. Read more

Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt

by Debbie Nathan, Mike Snedeker

Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s and early 1990s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midst many of them trusted preschool teachers secretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic. Read more

God's Perfect Child

by Caroline Fraser

Christian Science was based on a belief that intense contemplation of the perfection of God can heal all ills-an extreme expression of the American faith in self-reliance. In this unflinching investigation, Caroline Fraser, herself raised in a Scientist household, shows how the Church transformed itself from a small, eccentric sect into a politically powerful and socially respectable religion, and explores the human cost of Christian Science's remarkable rise. Read more

Growing Up in Mama's Club

by Richard E. Kelly

"Growing Up in Mama's Club" is a compelling, coming-of-age story about a boy who is a victim of sixteen years of emotional, religious abuse. His day-to-day life and his attempts to conform to a belief system at odds with his intellectual skills are at times both heart-rending and humorous. But his ultimate triumph over religious indoctrination should be inspirational for people of all ages, especially for anyone growing up in an abusive environment. Read more

Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children

by Marci A. Hamilton

There is a silent epidemic of childhood sexual abuse in the United States and a legal system that is not effectively protecting children from predators. Recent coverage of widespread abuse in the public schools and in churches has brought the once-taboo subject of childhood sexual abuse to the forefront. The problem extends well beyond schools and churches, though: the vast majority of survivors are sexually abused by family or family acquaintances with 90 percent of abuse never reported to the authorities. Read more

Brother Tony's Boys

by Mike Echols

For over twenty-five years, charismatic Pentecostal evangelist Brother Tony Leyva used Christianity, the Bible, and his status as an "anointed prophet of God" to gain access to, seduce, and sexually assault the young sons of his enthralled followers in twenty-three states. How could such heinous acts continue undetected for over two decades? Read more

Religious Abuse: A pastor explores the many ways religion can hurt as well as heal

by Keith Wright

As a pastor with 40 years of experience, Keith Wright came to realize that a dichotomy exists within the walls of many churches. While many churchgoers find the environment wonderfully embracing and supportive, the fact is that religion can offer both a positive and a negative experience. Religious abuse affects millions of church members and church leaders in every denomination. It can be blatant, but it can also be extremely subtle and unintentional. Keith Wright believes that only when we recognize and acknowledge the problem can we work toward positive change that allows us to truly benefit from the good. Recommended: chapter on religion and abuse of children (p. 61) Read more