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Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month

January 19, 2011

How sad that we even need to have such a month. What does it tell us about our society?

Spiritual abuse certainly isn’t new. It has been around for about as long as humanity. It seems to be in the fallen nature of people to try to control their environment, which includes controlling the lives of those around them.

There are many sides to Spiritual Abuse. In ancient times, they used to sacrifice humans (especially infants and children) to false gods. Actually, they still do, even though the form of abuse may look very different today. From infants in the womb being sacrificed on the altar of selfishness, (whether it be the mother’s or those unwilling to help her find another way) to the extreme control exerted over people through religions, Spiritual Abuse is still alive today.

For some, it is happening in their homes. For others, it is happening in churches/groups. Sometimes it is the leaders of a group who are doing the abuse. Sometimes it is the parents in the home. For many it very subtle, hardly noticeable until they try to do something that reflects independence. For others it is blatant and extreme as reflected by Ritual Abuse.

For most, though, I think it falls in the middle somewhere. You have well-meaning leaders, well-meaning parents who go to some extremes to protect their congregants and children. They really think they are doing the “right” thing. Their abuse is unintentional. While others know exactly what they are doing.

I cannot possibly write all there is to write about Spiritual Abuse. There are many others who have done that. Therefore, I want to give you some links to others.

Eric Pazdziora wrote about this on his blog. You can find it here. Since he includes some excellent links in his article, I won’t duplicate them here.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2011 12:30 PM


    Glad to see your post about Spiritual Awareness Month. It is a great idea and catching on!

    An excellent resource for people is my book: ‘Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness’.

    It is based on my doctoral research on spiritual abuse and how people recovered from their devastating experience in the local church. It is getting good reviews.

    Book information is on my website:

    People can contact me at:

    All the best,

    Dr. Barb Orlowski

    • January 20, 2011 6:55 PM

      Thank you for this information. I am not familiar with your site, but will check it out as I get a chance.

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