Sunday, December 17, 2006

Abusive Sanctuaries

So often when it comes to advice on where to go safely, women are told to avoid bars and instead go to church. But many churches shelter attitudes that are dangerous or demeaning to women. Sometimes they hold rapists and on the rare occasion they hold a serial killer like the BTK killer.

Far too often those who are harmed get blamed either for the abuse or for disrupting the status quo when they attempt to break the cycle of diminishment, violence and enablement.

Many who are hurt lose their voices which is why I think this collection of poems by Alice Carleton has such power.
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