Edited by Nancy Werking Poling
One of the church's most shameful secrets is pastors who sexually abuse their congregants. In Victim to Survivor, Nancy Werking Poling offers the harrowing and poignant stories of six women who were sexually abused by their pastors and tell in their own voices what they did about it. In their pain, these victims, survivors, and thrivers dare to call upon the church to be a safe refuge for all people, women and men alike. And in their personal journeys of healing, they demonstrate a tenacious faith, grounded in gospel truth--compelling church leaders to acknowledge this hurtful hypocracy, advocate for healthy pastoral relationships, and finally call pastors to accountability.
"Perhaps the most powerful message we can receive from these women is their profound faithfulness, courage, and resilience. . . .Many of them have stood up to the powers and principalities of the church, and have asked for what is rightfully theirs, and have refused to be silent or to disappear. They are, for me, quintessential witnesses to the gospel." —Marie M. Fortune, from the Foreward