An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought.
Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported having been beaten by an intimate partner. One in six women have been stalked, according to the report.The full report mentioned by The New York Times can be found HERE.
Back in October 2010 I preached a sermon entitled "Domestic Violence and the Church". It can be accessed HERE (under the date of 10/10/2010). This was my attempt to speak to this issue that is so often left unspoken about in the Evangelical church.
A number of resources I used for my sermon came from Dr. Steven Tracy. He is a professor at Phoenix Seminary and one of the founders of Mending the Soul ministry. A few of the specific essays that I used are:
"Domestic Violence in the Church and Redemptive Suffering in 1 Peter" Calvin Theological Journal 2006
"Patriarchy and Domestic Violence: Challenging Common Misconceptions" JETS 50/3 (Sept 2007)
"What Does 'Submit in Everything' Really Mean? The Nature and Scope of Martial Submission" Trinity Journal 29 (2008)