“I didn’t know I was being manipulated. I didn’t know the signs.” “I didn’t know the cycle of abuse, or that it’s normal to feel guilt for something that’s not your fault, to have complex emotions about your abuser as you heal. I learned that I could set boundaries, choose not to reconcile, and still pursue the internal freedom of forgiveness.” – Tricia Lott Williford
A seasoned author and masterful storyteller, Tricia Lott Williford encountered the public trauma of the death of her husband, but she held quietly the private trauma that happened at the same time: grooming, manipulation, sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse by a person of trust. Tricia and her therapist, Jana Richardson, LPC, have written a resource to help others recognize the veiled dynamics of abuse, where it starts, how it escalates, and how survivors can break free and find freedom. Peer-reviewed by mental health therapists, You Are Safe Now offers a survivor’s firsthand story of abuse in the church including
an explanation of the nature of abusers and their common tactics;
compassionate, nuanced discussion of trauma responses;
research, examples, and statistics to identify abusive dynamics, predation, grooming, and psychological manipulation; and
practical tools and resources to facilitate recovery.
For survivors of abuse, counselors, therapists, pastors who treat survivors, and those who support survivors in their healing, You Are Safe Now is an indispensable resource.
April 9, 2024
5.5 x 8.25 in.
To Be Determined
abuse in the church, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, cycle of abuse, manipulation, grooming, therapy, trauma, complex emotions, boundaries