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In a series of statements since the release of Saeed Abedini from prison in Iran, his wife Naghmeh Abedini has made it clear that his history of abuse will delay a reunion with his family until the Iranian born pastor attends counseling. Naghmeh posted that she had hoped Saeed’s imprisonment would help resolve their issues, but his abuse toward her only increased.
Why It Matters
Abuse is a significant problem in the church that pastors rarely address more than once a year according to LifeWay. A high profile situation such as the Abedini’s reminds us that abuse could be taking place where we suspect it the least.
Does your church have connections to abuse advocacy networks? Counseling centers and support networks can provide the help that victims of abuse need. A very small percentage of women who report abuse are fabricating their account, and many choose to not report abuse because they fear people won’t believe them and will alienate them. Do you have a process in place to ensure those potentially in abusive situations can receive the help they need?
Public Advocacy Brings Public Scrutiny: The more your church and leadership end up in the news, the more scrutiny you can expect. If you’re involved in advocacy work, have you effectively resolved any past conflicts or does anyone at your church’s staff have skeletons in his or her closet?
Our Integrity Is Essential: The world doesn’t need another discredited Christian. Seek the support and accountability you need today before your deeds catch up with you.
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