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Before Serving Others, Raise Your Awareness

  “I hate it when volunteers come down here,” a neighbor told Robert Lupton, author of the book, Toxic Charity.   Virgil, who lived in an economically challenged neighborhood of Atlanta, had just observed a fourteen-passenger van filled with young volunteers on a mission trip.  This church group been coming every weekend for two months and […]

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Sexual Assault On Campus (Infographic)

Sexual assault may not seem like the most immediate threat to a young woman sent off to college this fall. Yet it’s a sobering fact that, over the course of her four-year career, a female student’s chance of being raped is approximately one in four. That’s the same chance as catching the flu in the average year (20-25%).

Safety from sexual violence, which includes not just rape but any forced or unwanted sexual activity, is a basic human right.

Spiritual leaders and faith communities—campus ministries or congregations in the university neighborhood—can take a few simple actions to increase women’s safety on campus. Everyone has a basic right to sanctuary, a safe space to flourish and grow.

The infographic below offers a few statistics and what can be done to make women feel more safe on campus.

When Helping Hurts: How to Avoid Toxic Charity

  Seeking to serve the poor, do we ever hurt them instead? Sometimes when we provide assistance to someone, we end up insulting them, confusing them or hurting them, often quite unintentionally. There is a favorite expression in my family whenever this happens: “The helping hand strikes again.” It’s a special danger when you occupy […]

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