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Small group resources on gender-based violence released for churches

by Cara Bentley

A Christian charity has produced a series of small group sessions for men and women to learn and pray about violence against women.

Press Red, who help educate churches on gender-based violence, has created six sessions for groups of six to ten people to understand better the threats women and girls face across the world.

Each session includes videos from Christian organisations working within a specific field, such as modern slavery or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), followed by a discussion, a Bible study and practical steps church members can take.

Participants are also expected to read the relevant chapters of “Scars Across Humanity” by Elaine Storkey which each session is based on. 

Rosemary Hack, who joined the organisation as their new director as lockdown came in, told Premier: “It's not just domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is horrific, but so is FGM, so is child marriage and I want to see us address some of the root issues that allow this to happen.”

She added this is not just a women's group: "Men are part of the solution. This is a human problem. It's not a woman's problem."


The discussions, which are available on their website, cover sex-selective abortion, where more girls are aborted than boys, and the nature of Christian persecution towards women and the expereinces of women left behind after their husband has suffered Christian persecution. 

Rosemary Hack said these problems can initially seem far away but that many will realise they are not: "You may not be suffering any abuse, but let's say your neighbour is, you may not even recognise that until you know what to look out for - until you know the signs - and then what do you do about it?

"So that's why people should do it even if they think it doesn't affect them, because it affects the body of Christ."

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