With the recent This American Life podcast episode on Bishop’s Interviews, the reaction from women and men has been one of pain, trauma, sorrow, grief, confusion, and bewilderment. Join Lesley as she speaks with Sabra, Azul, Rebecca and Miguel to discuss their thoughts on this topic.

We cover these questions in PART 1: 

  • Have you felt re-traumatized or even confused about what the reality was and is regarding this issue?
  • Have you wondered how this issue impacts women of color and those from diverse cultures?
  • Do you find yourself trying to parse out your own experiences with worthiness interviews?
  • How does the Mormon repentance narrative become confounded by this practice of bishop’s interviews?
  • What are some of the lasting effects of probing bishop’s interviews on a female’s sexuality, identity, and authority?
  • How do men feel about this issue? Do they share the experiences of women regarding sexual identity development and sexual shame?

***This episode has a trigger warning for spiritual abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual shame. 

Discussed in this episode:

The Cut: How Did Larry Nassar Deceive So Many For So Long? 

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Lesley holds an RN, BSN from the University of Texas. She functions as a survivor advocate for victims of abuse and aims to raise awareness of the effects of trauma. Lesley has certifications and training in Trauma-Informed Care, Community Advocacy, Faith and Spiritual Development, Familial Mental Health, Culturally Competent Care, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Resiliency Development. Lesley lives in Virginia with her 4 children and her really hyper chihuahua, named Chaos.

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