Brien Pittman

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Brien’s articles for FāVS generally revolve around ideas and beliefs that create unhealthy deadlock divisions between groups. He has received (minor) writing awards for his short stories and poetry from the cities of Portland, Oregon and the city of (good beer) Sapporo, Japan. In 2010 he was asked to present several articles for the California Senate Committee “Task Force for Suicide Prevention” and has been published by online magazines and a couple national poetry anthologies in print form.

Silence: due to guilt, shame, or fear

Stepping up and sharing; being one of the first to bring up a topic such as religious abuse, falls under the category of what I call being courageously fearful — being scared shitless, but still facing whatever the challenge may be.

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When Religion Becomes Abusive

Unfortunately, to date spiritual trauma is not readily recognized by society since the general perspective is that religion, for the most part, is a positive, or at least nonthreatening personal experience so the maltreatment of millions goes unrecognized.

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