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Victims of Divorce (Children and Abandoned Spouses) to Speak at Ruth Institute Survivors’ Summit

For more information contact: Rachel Golden info@ruthinstitute.org

The Ruth Institute’s Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (April 26-27 in Lake Charles, LA.) will include survivors of divorce, among them adult children of divorce and abandoned spouses.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ruth Institute Founder and President, noted: “Many pro-family advocacy groups do not address divorce. But normalizing divorce is where the Sexual Revolution started. By undermining the sanctity of marriage, divorce set the stage for all of the attacks on the family that followed.”

The Summit will include first-hand testimony from Christy Fitzgerald (an Adult Child of Divorce), Al Chlupacek (who stood for his marriage despite spousal desertion) and Kristi Davis (both an Adult Child of Divorce and a victim of spousal desertion who still tried to save her marriage).

Expert Speakers at the event include:

  • Dr. Stephen Baskerville, Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College, speaking on “How Does the State Benefit from Your Divorce?”
  • Leila Miller, author of Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak.

The Divorce Reform panel includes:

  • Jeff Morgan – Divorce Reform Advocate and Ruth Institute Activist of the Year, speaking on Divorce Reform in Texas
  • Christopher Brennan, Esq. – Attorney and Adult Child of Divorce
  • Matt Johnston – Strategist and Adult Child of Divorce
  • According to the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the Centers for Disease Control), in 2016, there were 827,261 divorces in the United States, with 44 states and the D.C. reporting. That’s almost one-third of the reported marriages which took place that year. Altogether, there are an estimated 45 million children of divorce. Additionally, 70% of divorces include a reluctant partner who’d like to stay married. Less than 15% of divorces in a recent study were classified as “high conflict.”

    “Ending a non-abusive marriage is a tragedy with multiple victims -- children deprived of a parent, abandoned spouses and, often, the spouse who initiates divorce but comes to regret it,” Morse notes.

    The Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution will also focus on survivors of the gay culture, including adult children of LGBTs, spouses abandoned by a now-gay spouse, and those formerly gay or lesbian.

    For more information on the Summit’s program, please visit: ruthinstitute.org/survivors-summit
    To register for the Summit: ruthinstitute.org/upcoming-events/survivors-summit

    To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse: media@ruthinstitute.org.

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    The Ruth Institute congratulates and thanks Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia for upholding Catholic teaching on marriage

    The Ruth Institute recently sent a letter of commendation and 24 white roses to Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia congratulating and thanking him for his defense of Catholic teaching. Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for Vice President, has said that the church will change its teaching on marriage. Bishop DiLorenzo, Kaine’s local bishop, disagrees. The Bishop’s office posted the following:

    “Despite recent statements from the campaign trail, the Catholic Church’s 2000-year- old teaching to the truth about what constitutes marriage remains unchanged and resolute.”

    The statement continues by pointing out a foundational belief shared by the Ruth Institute: “Redefining marriage furthers no one’s rights, least of all those of children, who should not purposely be deprived of the right to be nurtured and loved by a mother and a father.”


    The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization dedicated to finding Christ-like solutions to the problems of family breakdown. Founded by world renowned author, speaker and academic, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the Ruth Institute has accumulated decades of research to support individuals and families harmed by divorce, the hook-up culture and other forms of family breakdown.

    Dr. Morse stated, “We are particularly encouraged that Bishop DiLorenzo defended the rights of children to be nurtured and loved by their mothers and fathers.”

    Dr. Morse continued, “The Ruth Institute dreams of the day when every child will be welcomed into a loving home with a married mother and father. We believe every child has the right to a relationship with both natural parents, unless some unavoidable tragedy prevents it. We believe every adult without exception has the right to know his or her cultural heritage and genetic identity. Bishop DiLorenzo has restated the ancient teachings of Christianity and of Jesus Christ Himself. These teachings protect the interests of children, as well as the interests of men and women in lifelong married love.”

    As a sign of support for Bishop DiLorenzo, the Ruth Institute sent 24 white roses to the Bishop’s office, and offers prayers for him and for everyone in the Diocese of Richmond.

    Dr. Morse is available for interviews about the Roses from Ruth Initiative, the Bishop’s statement, and Catholic teaching on marriage. To interview Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, contact the Ruth Institute at:

    info@ruthinstitute.org

    (760) 295-9278

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