Dove's Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children & Youth Safe

Rape is Akin to Death, but Not the Final Word

Q&A with Dr. Julia Feder

Anna Groff: How does resurrection and life after death offers a hopeful framework for trauma recovery?
Dr. Julia Feder: We know that sexual trauma threatens us on all levels—physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and more. The Christian tradition understanding of salvation is about wholeness. But when a rape or sexual abuse occurs, we know in a very real way that the kingdom of God is not here. Christian tradition understands that salvation is both already and not yet. I think that’s helpful and necessary in the context of sexual trauma healing.

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Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children"  (Luke 18:16 NLT).