Trillia Newbell on How Churches Should Handle Female Pornography Addiction and Sex Abuse Allegations

Trillia Newbell
Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell, who serves as a consultant for Women’s Initiatives at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was one of two women at its leadership summit last month to address the dozens of Southern Baptist pastors and church leaders.

Newbell, who recently authored United: Captured by God’s Heart for Diversity, caught up with The Christian Post afterwards and shared why she believes the church should talk more about female pornography addiction and how churches should handle sex abuse allegations.

CP: What do you think the church needs to talk about more with regards to women and sex?

Newbell: I think there are two things that we make a mistake of assuming: assuming that women are not looking at pornography, so it’s rarely talked about in terms of addressing women.

[Second,] there are many women who are suffering, who’ve been raped and sexually assaulted and have not told anyone because of shame. We need to be aware of that. Churches need to be aware of that.

My prayer is that more and more, women do sin and lust and there really is a struggle and battle of temptation toward sexual sin and so we need to be aware of that, that’s whyFifty Shades of Grey is one of the best selling books of all time — it’s because it’s a draw.

We also need to be aware that the statistics on sexual assault are astonishing. It’s about one in six women, or something like that, have been assaulted at some point in their lives. Maybe not raped, but had some sort of sexual assault. So we need to be aware of that and I don’t think people are. We need to start addressing this at the church. The church needs to be: this is where people come. Pastors need to start addressing it. Leaders need to start addressing it.

CP: How should churches address allegations of sexual assault or abuse when they are made?

Newbell: There needs to be an understanding that the authorities will be called. The pastors have to take this very seriously and need to express that to the congregation. Authorities will be called. This is not something that we are condoning. Not only will authorities be called — you will be disciplined in our church. It needs to be very clear that it is non-acceptable.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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