#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

When Emily Joy Allison outed her abuser on Twitter, she launched #ChurchToo, a movement to expose the culture of sexual abuse and assault utterly rampant in Christian churches in America. Not a single denomination is unaffected. And the reasons are somewhat different than those you might find in the #MeToo stories coming out of Hollywood or Washington. While patriarchy and misogyny are problems everywhere, they take on a particularly pernicious form in Christian churches where those with power have been insisting, since many decades before #MeToo, that this sexually dysfunctional environment is, in fact, exactly how God wants it to be.

#ChurchToo turns over the rocks of the church's sexual dysfunction, revealing just what makes sexualized violence in religious contexts both ubiquitous and uniquely traumatizing. It also lays the groundwork for not one but many paths of healing from a religious culture of sexual shame, secrecy, and control, and for survivors of abuse to live full, free, healthy lives.

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506464817
  • eBook ISBN 9781506464824
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 240
  • Publication Date March 9, 2021


"Part memoir, part sociological exploration, and part support kit for survivors of abuse, this is a jarring and persuasive exploration of the mechanisms that make abuse possible. Allison's persuasive testament will resonate with readers of a Christian background in ways that both comfort and disturb."
Publishers Weekly

"#ChurchToo opens up a vital conversation about how conservative Christian theology has left "a whole generation" suffering from sexual shame and religious trauma."
Foreword Review

Table of Contents


1. Keep Your Way Pure... Or Else
2. For Women Who Profess Reverence for God
3. The Works of the Flesh
4. At All Times
5. Not Even a Hint
6. Male and Female He Created Them
7. As Long As He Lives
8. I Suffer Not a Woman
9. Greater Love
10. Healing Paths Diverge
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