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The conversations we must have about rape

There has been much discussion on social media surrounding alleged sexual assaults committed by a so-called American icon. It has obviously ignited a firestorm fueled with a lot of “slut shaming” and “victim blaming.” These he-said/she-said scenarios are played out on a much smaller scale in cities and towns all across the country.

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Opinion: Overcoming adverse childhood experiences

When I became a pastor as a young man, I was prepared to minister to my congregants through all phases of their lives. I expected to spend my time welcoming new babies into the world, sharing biblical principles with thriving families, and ministering to our elders in their last days. I knew I would be called upon to offer comfort through hard times, illness and loss.

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