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October 7, 2010

Overcoming Physical and Sexual Abuse Webinar

Kyria talks with Cecil Murphey

On Wednesday, October 6, Kyria’s editor, Ginger Kolbaba, talked with bestselling author and physical and sexual abuse survivor Cecil Murphey on the subject of abuse. Cecil is also the author of When a Man You Love Was Abused (Kregel Publications). If you missed this powerful and important webinar, sponsored by Kregel Publications check it out here in its entirety.

(Please note that you must have Adobe Flash installed to be able to view the webinar, and the file cannot be downloaded to be viewed later.)

For more resources, Kyria recommends:

When a Man You Love Was Abused by Cecil Murphey (Kregel Publications)

The Silent Epidemic
Countless Christian women are battered every day. Here's how to respond if you or someone you love is abused.
By Corrie Cutrer

Is My Friend Being Abused?

How to spot the signs of domestic violence
By Corrie Cutrer

When Someone You Love Is Abused
What you need to know and how you can make a difference
By Corrie Cutrer

Helping Abused Women
Once abused, now Joyce Holt is serving other desperate women
By Mary DeMuth

Opening the Door to Healing
When childhood sexual abuse affects a marriage's intimacy
By Mary DeMuth

Preventing and Dealing with Sexual Abuse
How to increase safety for children and improve ministry to victims of abuse
(Use coupon code PREVENT10 to receive 50 percent off when you order this resource through October 30, 2010.)

Perspectives on Marriage
What to do in an abusive relationship.

Reducing the Risk
Keeping your ministry safe from child sexual abuse

2010 Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Churches Feature Report

Child Abuse Response Plan
Put a plan into action to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in your church

Creating Child Protection Policies
A checklist to quickly assess your protection program

Juvenile Offenders in the Church
What churches need to know to prevent juvenile sexual misconduct from occurring among the young people in their congregation

Redefining God as Father
How Papa-God showed me my heart—and his
By Karen Rabbitt


Thanks for this list of resources. I'm bookmarking this.

Mr. Murphy is a courageous man. I hope his story helps abuse survivors to get the healing they need and to reach out to the ones who love them, who can draw them toward Jesus, the true source for healing.

Thanks to Cecil for sharing his story. He has obviously worked hard to be a healthy and gracious person.

Wow--that was a powerful webinar! Gave me a whole new understanding of the complex ways in which abuse affects victims.

Thanks for honestly tackling this topic and putting the video up so we could watch the entire webinar. I really appreciate it!

Cecil, thank you for your honesty in sharing! It was so encouraging to hear the different ways that you have found healing.

Thanks to Kyria and Cecil for addressing this difficult topic. I'm encountering more and more people in the church who have faced some of the difficult things cecil faced. The webinar was helpful in understanding the effects of abuse and how to help people overcome the pain.

Thank you, Cecil. It is kind of unnerving how much I can relate to you -yet it is also comforting.

Question for Cecil: As a person who was assaulted because you had no power to protect yourself, how do you reconcile all of the Scriptures that command us to be like Christ (i.e. "For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” Romans 15:3)? I struggle with wanting to have boundaries and also wanting to obey Christ and take it when He allows us to suffer for His name's sake. The world says to absolutely cut off all abuse and abusers, but...really, is that even possible (I don't think so). I suppose it all comes down to Christ in the garden saying, " “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Matthew 26:39 ?

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