By Stephanie M. Crumpton
This e-book is ready Black women's look for relationships and encounters that help therapeutic from intimate and cultural violence. Narratives offer an ethnographic picture of this violence, whereas elevating matters over even if current paradigms for pastoral care and counseling are congruent with what number Black girls strategy healing.
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You know how you hear, but you don’t listen? Okay. . You know [how] you call yourself a little ho’. and, I totally forgot about it. I mean, that’s stuff that I just didn’t do. He came by, and I said, oh, I’m so sorry, and I began to tell him what I experienced with the Lord. . He said, “Your conversation now is so different,” that he knew that I was serious. I wasn’t trying to run no scam. ” I said, “Yeah. Man, it’s nothing like it. ” So, now it’s like I still believe. Up until that transformative moment during college, Rori hadn’t taken seriously church or other spiritual phenomena she had experienced.
Of all the responses, the most painful one came from a family member who judged and rejected her for being infected with the virus. This was a deeply disappointing moment for Eliza. She had hoped to receive compassion from this relative, but that was not the case. On the other hand, the most positive and embracing responses came from her church community, which had proved to be a safe space for her in various seasons of her life. For example, when she was incestuously assaulted as a child by her father, her grandmother took her in and kept her actively engaged in the life of the church she pastored.
This was difficult in general for Cirene, but the difficulty was further complicated by another silence that she was trying to break around her emerging identity and sexual attraction to females. While her mother was willing to hear Cirene about what was going on with her, this willingness was matched by the equal, and at times overriding, concern about how the community might judge the family. This was a constant point of tension for Cirene as she navigated her developing lesbian identity: Cirene: I come from a family that’s all—especially when my grandparents were still alive—it was all about perception.