Category Archives: Spiritual Abuse

Justin’s Story – “I was taught to hate the very ones who loved me”

by Justin, a survivor of conversion therapy who was nearly crushed under the shame but is now a minister in training Like many others, I was once that lively, passionate, charismatic Christian. I stood out, I was bold and courageous, … Continue reading

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Annie’s Story – “I Did My Best to Conform, But…”

by Annie, a victim of abuse who found succour in the charismatic church – where she was subjected to even more abuse…. My childhood and teenage years were marked by abuse and chaos, and when I discovered Christian faith in … Continue reading

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Peter’s Story – Conditioning Causes Shame & Self-Hatred

by Peter (a pseudonym), a survivor of conversion therapy  Why do people seek out Conversion Therapy and prayer/deliverance ministries? For me, I did because I thought it could ‘correct’ my sexuality. It is only with hindsight that I now know … Continue reading

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Kate’s Story

by Kate, a transgender woman from the north of England, who bravely shares her horrific experience of being prayed for in three different evangelical churches.   This is spiritual abuse, and shows clearly why a ban on conversion therapy must … Continue reading

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Yve’s Story – “I Felt Set Up To Fail”

by Yve, who has experienced both the very worst and the very best of the Church of England. I first knew something was different about me when I was six, and first started wearing my mum’s clothes. From that moment … Continue reading

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Steven’s Story – “I felt I had no option but to make a formal complaint to the Garda”

by Steven Smyrl, a married gay former elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland I was ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) in 2007. The PCI is the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland, and also … Continue reading

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Rachel’s Story – I Don’t Want to Be Part of An Institution that Allows Abuse

by Rachel, a 30 something Christian, hockey player and lesbian whose experience in an HTB plant has seriously damaged her faith.  My name is Rachel and I am a 30 something hockey player, Christian, theatre-goer and lesbian. I came out … Continue reading

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Revd Adams’ Story – Is It Wrong for Me to Tell the Truth?

by the Reverend Adams, a gay Methodist Minister My first experience of ‘deliverance’ ministry occurred on a Birmingham high street. I had thought I was just meeting someone for prayer, and first realised I might be wrong and in danger … Continue reading

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Lesbians, Sex and the Church of England

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia.News, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and Member of General Synod I could see that the bishop was going red, and as he did so nervous giggles spread across the Synod Chamber.  I stood, pan … Continue reading

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Jas’ Story – Please. Be. Kind.

by Jas, a former drug addict, Bible College Student and now married lesbian I was in prison when I first encountered Jesus. I had been a drug addict but when I met him, everything changed. It felt like I fell … Continue reading

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