I recently received information from Dr. Barb Orlowski about a new phase in her research on spiritual abuse and recovery. I connected with Barb in 2007, and completed her Doctor of Ministry project survey in 2008.
The time I invested in completing her 20-question survey was one of the most important things that happened for me, in terms of entering an in-depth processing of what I’d experienced, defining the specifics of spiritual abuse involved, and how it affected me emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and physically. I highly recommend it as a helpful step along the way in our journey out of spiritual abuse.
Also, I believe that both quantitative statistics of victimization, and qualitative descriptions of abuse tactics and recovery, are crucial to church and community. Taking the survey continues to add to that knowledge base. And that will continue to make a difference for us as survivors in the long run.
If you haven’t taken the survey already, please consider whether this might be a providential time to do so!
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Summary: Since January has been designated the past few years as “Spiritual Abuse Awareness Month,” many in spiritual abuse survivor communities want to make the most of this season to raise awareness about this insidious dysfunction in the church. The “Add Your Voice” research survey is an opportunity for those who have experienced spiritual abuse and have sufficiently recovered to have a place to “tell their stories.” It provides victims/survivors of spiritual abuse a way to tell their story by working through the survey questions. It has proven to be beneficial and helps to bring people a better understanding of their own situation in light of this ongoing malady in the church.
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From Barb Orlowski:
Some of you may be new to this negative church life experience and how devastating it can be. Finding others online who likewise have experienced spiritual abuse and hearing how they have slowly recovered, provides hope and help–especially if you have wondered what exactly has happened to you.
You may not be aware of my ongoing invitation for people who have suffered from spiritual abuse and recovered sufficiently, to fill out my online questionnaire. This initial survey was designed for participants in my doctoral research project. Out of that project came my Church Exiters website–and my book, entitled: Spiritual Abuse Recovery: Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness.
Bloggers have been a huge help in getting the word out for people to know about this opportunity to tell their stories and have these accounts added to the growing statistics of those wounded by spiritual abuse in their local churches.
A few years ago I was asked by a researcher in Australia if I could point them to statistics regarding how widespread spiritual abuse was. At this time, there still does not appear to be very many studies that I can point people to, apart from my own. This is a motivator to request that people who were not involved in the original study take the time in order to be a part of this new research project.
Please carefully consider the following criteria for participation in this opportunity to “Add Your Voice.”
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
- Carefully read through the criteria.
- If you have considered the criteria and feel that you fit and that you will not be harmed by answering the questions, please proceed.
- If you feel that this exercise could be therapeutic as well as help to bring you closure, please proceed.
- Then Click on PLEASE CLICK HERE for Participant Questionnaire.
- Your completed questionnaire will be added to my ongoing file.
- Your comments will be kept completely confidential.
Thank you for being willing to share your story!
Looking forward to hearing from you as soon as convenient.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best!
Barb Orlowski, D.Min.