RENEWAL is designed to offer hope and comfort to people suffering from mental health disorders or addiction disorders, and support to the people who love them. Our approach is based on respect for the dignity of the people we serve and the belief that through a faith-based program, life-changing results are possible.

RENEWAL: Christian Treatment and Recovery is an optional treatment supplement available through Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Brookhaven, we understand that when you are suffering from an eating disorder, a personality disorder, a behavioral health disorder or chemical dependency, life can seem utterly hopeless. It can cause Christians to feel abandoned and distant from God. However, by strengthening your spirituality, in conjunction with our professional medical services, you can experience results that you never thought were possible.

RENEWAL is based on the belief in:

God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)
The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

When you participate in RENEWAL, you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. Brookhaven clients receive expert care from our team of mental professionals. Treatment is solution-focused and success-oriented. Our goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems and live fulfilling lives. Sometimes healing requires a helping hand. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need to recover.

Christian Care
The RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital incorporates your faith into the recovery process in order to address your physical, mental and spiritual needs

Christian Drug Rehab
Our program provides a nurturing atmosphere that allows you to sober up and strengthen your bond with God.

Christian Bulimia Treatment
Individuals with bulimia alternate between compulsive binge eating and purging. Without treatment bulimia can be deadly. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program can offer medical, psychological and faith-based eating disorder treatments.

PTSD Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event. Without getting proper help it can be debilitating. Strengthening your faith can help you confront the past and form a brighter future.

Christian Healing
When you are part of the RENEWAL program, you are part of something bigger than yourself. You are part of a support system based on professional medical care as well as spiritual guidance.

Compulsive Overeating
When you suffer from compulsive overeating disorder, your meals and your life can seem out of control. Take a faith-based approach to your eating disorder treatment at RENEWAL.

Anorexia Treatment
Anorexia is characterized by the restriction of food intake and the refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Without getting help, anorexia can be life-threatening.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but when you’re suffering from bipolar disorder life can seem out of control. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program incorporates your spirituality into an advanced behavioral health program.

OCD Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can fill your life with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions) and stand in the way of relationships and your career.

The Lasting Damages of Sexual Abuse in the Church

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One in every four girls report being sexually abused before the age of eighteen. One in every six women report rape at one point in their life and one in twenty men and women report sexual violence other than rape. Countless others remain silent. This type of abuse occurs around the world and recent years have shown churches are not immune.

ShadowySanctuaryThe church should always be a safe place, but predators have used the protection of the church to hide and even to facilitate their crimes. To understand why this happens, we have to understand what sexual abuse is and how it takes shape.

As defined by the American Psychological Association and the Encyclopedia of Psychology, sexual abuse is “an unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats, or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent.” This abuse can come in many different forms and encompasses many forms of violence that can be traumatic and have long-term effects on the victims.

Sadly, the majority of sexual abuse victims and perpetrators know each other before the offense. This is key to understanding sexual abuse within the church.

The perpetrators of sex crimes are very frequently people of authority, whether it be a family member or community leader. Repeat offenders built relationships that allow them to enact and hide their crimes simultaneously. The intent is to keep victims silent.

Sexual abuse is notoriously under-reported and much of it is due to shame and fear. Those who commit sexual abuse tend to use intimidation to keep their victims quiet. Overtly, this may be through physical abuse or threats, but just as often this intimidation is done more subtly. Power alone can be enough to coerce victims into maintaining silence or deter them from reporting crimes. There is always the concern that the victim won’t be believed even if they report their abuse. When this power is perceived to come from God, it can be even more persistent.

Even more troubling, the relationship between the powerful and supposedly virtuous perpetrator and the shamed victim can more psychologically toxic. The status of the individual who commits sexual abuse has an effect on their victims that can cause the victim to believe their abuser is in the right or that they somehow “deserve” the abuse.

The terrible after-effects of this type of trauma and psychological manipulation are long-lasting and severe. The self-doubt, shame, and feelings of betrayal can fester without the proper support, compassion, and therapy. Even with trained support, the path back to normality is long and painful.

Research has associated a history of sexual abuse with numerous psychiatric disorders. Abuse at any age is linked to higher risks of suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, and eating and sleep disorders. Heightened risk of substance abuse has also been linked to sexual abuse.

“Sexual abuse survivors face a challenging spectrum of physical and mental health symptoms, which results in high health care utilization, oftentimes without improvement in quality of life,” said Ali Zirakzadeh, M.D., primary researcher of a 2010 study on the associations between mental disorders and sexual abuse.

Zirakzadeh’s study, published in the July 2010 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found prevalence rates of sexual abuse in some mental health patient populations to be as high as 21 percent in adults and 33 percent in children.

Healing from abuse of this nature requires attention on both the mind and the soul. Work must be done to help cope and work through the trauma while also rehabilitating the victim’s relationship with God.

Salvation and recovery are always possible. But addressing and healing from sexual abuse is a long and difficult journey and many need a helping hand to find long-term recovery and happiness.

 

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One Response to “The Lasting Damages of Sexual Abuse in the Church”

  1. jake August 11, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Even with this RC the amount of abuse that could be proven is probably just the tip of the iceberg.its not just the abuse. they have structured a way to dissolve any rights of the victims and the abusers criminal activities like using victims to make money for them as a show of just how brazen they can get away with abuse.i personally have had them use my mental health against me as a tool for them to silence the affects of there abuse.which in fact is abuse.being near them in anyway is dangerous and scary the way they can use systems and government for tools to cover any crimes they commit.that’s the first step.is getting rid of that cover up system and they can’t hide it.

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