“I think it was important to me over the years to really learn to see rape as an act of violence rather than an act of overgrown sexuality. So when you use the word of the male hormone, to me, what’s implicit then is that the hormone causes this oversexualized behavior and that’s what rape is.” Beyond the obvious physical goings on with rape, what’s really going on? And what does rape mean? How are we all involved and implicated? Tune in and be sure we don’t stay tuned out.
I was quickly out of my depth in this interview with Rev. Ruth Everhart. 37 years ago, in her senior year in college, Ruth and her housemates experienced a traumatic event. At gunpoint they were held captive, robbed and raped. In this two part interview Ruth shares insights, realizations, and questions about her pilgrimage from college, to seminary, to pastoring, to marriage and parenthood, and forward. All of this just before she publishes “Ruined: A Memoir.”
Part 1 adheres to our show’s usual format. Part 2 is the necessary follow up.
As Ruth noted in Part 1, bringing up this experience of sexual assault is “like dropping a turd in the punch bowl.” It’s a conversation stopper, at least at first. Sexual assault is not an enjoyable talk. It is, however, extremely important. As we say often on our show, silence perpetuates the problem.
Ruth is a member of the RevGalBlogPals and the author of “Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land.” She is also the opening contributor to “There’s A Woman In The Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor” edited by Martha Spong (2015). Ruth’s blog is called Love the Work (Do the Work).
Ruined: A Memoir by Ruth Everhart
Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land by Ruth Everhart
Ruth’s blog: Love the Work (Do the Work)
There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor edited by Martha Spong (2015)
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