What I'm Reading this Week - and a Book Update
As I’ve mentioned in the past , I think one of the best ways to become a better writer - and a better follower of Jesus - and possibly even a better human - is to read: read news, read literature, and be informed. I never lose sight of that, and so I want to use this space to promote not only my writing, but also to share what is influencing me this week.
WIRTW (What I'm Reading this Week)
#MeToo and the Sentencing of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
Headlines continue about #MeToo, #ChurchToo, and sexual abuse among powerful men. Last week I wrote about what it looks like when clergy sexual abuse is minimized and covered up by a congregation. This week, stop reading the hand-wringing over #AzizAnsari - I did read a good piece here, shared from my friend Jennie about that - but what really impacted me this week was reading about the powerful accounts and witnesses from the sentencing trial of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Abuse survivor confronts gymnastics doctor: ‘I have been coming for you for a long time’ from The Washington Post's Kyle Swenson
Abuse survivor Kyle Stephens, whose parents were colleagues and friends of Nassar's, is the sole non-medical case of abuse when it comes to Nassar. Instead, he assaulted her in her family home, beginning when she was in kindergarten. Her parents initially believed Nassar, and later on, Stephens was compelled to babysit for his children.
What moved me was the video of Stephens - who has endured not just abuse but the suicide of her father - and also video of former gymnast Jade Capua. Her quote is as follows: