"Accusing the Powerful" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

The Risk of Accusing the Powerful

GET A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON This is exactly what it feels like! It’s death-defying. I know because I’ve experienced it many times when I’ve questioned or challenged a spiritual leader. Once I just allowed a woman to share her story on my blog, didn’t silence her, and that was…

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"Forgiving Your Enemy" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

How Forgiveness Culture Can Cultivate Abuse Culture

BUY A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON Unhealthy ideas about forgiveness perpetuate the abuse of power and the powerlessness of victims. The church, being the expert on forgiveness, has become the perfect culture for abuse. Abusers thrive on forgiveness, and the abused are weakened under the requirement to forgive. But, isn’t…

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"Bigger Carpet" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

10 Reasons Why the Church is the Perfect Culture for Abuse

In spite of the protests I get nearly every day that my focus on abuse in the church is unbalanced and unnecessary because it’s so rare, I continue to address it because millions of people are recipients of spiritual abuse at the hands of their spiritual leaders and their churches.…

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"Why I Warned About the Wolves" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

A Hard Lesson I Learned About Dealing With Wolves

GET A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON This is a confession and an apology. A few years ago, in my online community The Lasting Supper, we were experiencing some conflict. I was doing my best to resolve it, but regardless of my efforts and the efforts of the other facilitators, it…

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"Allegations of Abuse" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Allegations of Abuse

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"Forgiveness or Justice" cartoon by David Hayward

For Pastors: Forgiveness or Justice?

[GET THIS CARTOON] The story of the church giving a standing ovation because their pastor who sexually assaulted an underage girl asked forgiveness is just appalling. Not unbelievable. Because it happens a lot! Like this cartoon suggests, it’s possible for forgiveness and justice to stand together. It doesn’t just mean…

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"Protection or Imprisonment?" cartoon by David Hayward

Do You Feel Protected or Imprisoned?

OWN THIS PRINT I am the parent of three adult children. I love them very much. They are an adventurous bunch. They do things like climb mountains, skydive, swim with sharks, and other activities that worry me. I’ve told them, “Why can’t you just get a regular, steady job, marry,…

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"We Don't Care" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Believing a Woman’s Story Isn’t Enough

Apparently… no, obviously… it’s not enough just to believe a woman’s story about her experiences of harassment, abuse, or assault. We must care. Then we must act! When people want to know if the woman asked for it, dressed for it, needed it, or if they want to know her…

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"When a Woman Reports" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

When a Woman Reports

I have a lot of friends who would corroborate with this cartoon. They’ve told me their stories. They end up concluding it’s just easier and safer not to report. CAN I HELP YOU? CLICK HERE!

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"Abuse Isn't Always Visible" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Abuse Isn’t Always Visible

Abuse isn’t always visible. Especially spiritual abuse. Here’s a question: Is being controlled the same as being abused? I cartoon and write a lot about spiritual abuse. Most of the members of my online community “The Lasting Supper: Help Yourself!” are survivors of spiritual abuse. They are helping themselves heal……

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