Taboo or Truth about Sexual Trauma, Purity Culture, and Meditation

Fri 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Venue: Bridge


Growing up as a little colored girl in the Bible Belt, I heard an insurmountable amount of sermons on what was taboo and should be avoided. Through visual and auditory observation, I learned about the attitudes as well as opinions of the Godly concerning particular topics. Sexual Trauma runs rampant through our spiritual community, and the spiritual wounds carried within the souls of believers often go unaddressed, transformed into a platformed mockery, or camouflaged by fancy jargon indicating a false resolution. As a woman who has been impacted by sexual trauma, I understand some of the pain and shame caused by the church. I, also, want to see this pain no longer dismissed or individuals' experiences being minimized into an occurrence they just need to get over because the church has bigger things to discuss. During this presentation, I would like to discuss how the indelicate treatment of those who have suffered through sexual trauma in the church or because of the church may have had their faith thwarted or interrupted. Moreover, if the pain has interrupted their faith, can people experience a rebirth or reestablishment of their faith? Additionally, purity culture (the concept of waiting for one's true love through maintaining one's virginity to engage in holy marital sex, is a complicated teaching. Does this teaching consider people who have lost their virginity due to sexual trespasses? Is purity culture a relevant topic of concern among lgbtqia adults and youth? Has purity culture changed? How is purity culture helpful or damaging? Should purity culture be kept or eliminated from church jargon and protocol? Is it beneficial or just another vice of shame utilized to control the mind-heart spiritual relationship of people? Finally, are people being taught that they are to only meditate on the word of God? If a christian believer meditates by listening to a podcast, are they categorized or considered paganistic? Does the church still consider the focus of one's mind for a period of time for the purpose of relaxation and refocusing an inexcusable sin or is it now acceptable in the progressive 21st century church? I believe that in discussing topics that are often considered forbidden and often uncomfortable, walls of constructed wounds can begin healing. Also, the impact of others unhealthy perceptions can be uncovered. Furthermore, I desire the community to acknowledge these topics and the wounds caused within the body of believers concerning each of these areas because a wound can never be healed by saying it is not there.