“Regardless of what your spiritual beliefs are, let’s put them to good use. Let’s extend the idea of interconnectedness to help victims who suffer every day from the realities of verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Let’s stop letting abusers off the hook and enabling their behavior – it is not good for either the victim OR the abuser, and it is possible to show compassion from a distance. Let’s stop desensitizing ourselves to the traumatic impact of abuse and policing survivors who speak the truth about it. There is nothing more compassionate and authentically spiritual than helping those who truly need it. There is nothing more compassionate and empathic than holding people accountable for changing the behavior that destroys lives. Let’s practice authentic spirituality – the type that celebrates empathy for those abused, that permits survivors to have their own unique healing journey on their own terms, and creates a safer world for all.”

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