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Posted on: Thursday, July 09, 2020
The Ruth Institute is hosting its Third Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, and you're invited to join us virtually!
For this and many other presentations, including surviving abuse, pornography, and leaving the LGBT lifestyle, join us July 17 and 18 with a Virtual Conference Pass.
Posted on: Thursday, July 09, 2020
Educating yourself is the first step in fighting the effects of the Sexual Revolution in your life and among loved ones.
The Ruth Institute is hosting its Third Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution, and you're invited to join us virtually!Have you ever wondered how pornography is affecting people’s lives? The Summit’s class “Protecting Our Children from Our Pornified Culture” will open your eyes. These and other facts about pornography will be discussed:
For this and many other presentations, including surviving abuse and leaving the LGBT lifestyle, join us July 17 and 18 with a Virtual Conference Pass.
Posted on: Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Ruth Institute is undaunted by the coronavirus shutdowns, lockdowns and regulations. The Third Annual Awards Dinner and Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution (July 17-18) will be a live event in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with on-line options. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute, stated, “We are determined to create opportunities for pro-family activists to get together, either in person at this live event, or online in small groups, as permitted by their local health regulations.”
Morse said: “The Summit will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help redefine the family movement. The encounter with experts and their analysis, the first-hand testimony of survivors, and the experience of veteran activists will inspire participants. They will come away with a wealth of information on how to get involved and make a difference, as well as inspirational stories from those who’ve survived the plagues of sexual abuse, pornography, the LGBT sub-culture and the transgender movement.”
Participants can connect with the Summit activities as an individual virtual participant or host a Watch Party of up to 10 participants. The “Watch Party” option is the Ruth Institute’s innovative response to the Coronavirus situation.
The Watch Party Package includes:
The "Virtual Conference Pass" includes:
To register yourself or your Watch Party, go here, and click the yellow Register button. Look for "Watch Party" or "Virtual Conference Pass." If you’re a member of the media, type in the special Code: WATCH.
Dr. Morse stressed, “Our live event will be in full compliance with all local health regulations. People need have no fear about attending in person. Pro-family activists who desire virtual options, for any reason, can still fully participate.”
Among the Summit speakers on Saturday July 18 are Journalist Doug Mainwaring and Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor Luis Ruiz (both left the LGBT subculture), Dr. Michelle Cretella, M.D. (American College of Pediatricians), Journalist Brandon Showalter (Christian Post), Dr. Morse, Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D. (Ruth Institute Research Associate), Melea Stephens (National Center on Sexual Exploitation), and Chris McKenna (Covenant Eyes).
Friday, July 17, the evening before the Summit, the Awards Dinner will feature a keynote speech by Sue Ellen Browder, a journalist and author of Subverted: How I helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement.
These inspiring speakers and discussions will empower you to have greater impact as we all #FightForFamily.
For the complete Summit program visit: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/summit-2020.
Posted on: Saturday, July 04, 2020
Ruth Institute Research Associate, Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., responded to the newly released 2019 Annual Report from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the independent lay National Review Board (NRB) about on-going clerical sex abuse.
“The report showed a significant increase in both allegations and findings of sexual abuse by priests. The Ruth Institute, along with the National Review Board, believes this is due to a lack of sufficient oversight. Clergy sex abuse is out of the news. We think it should be news.”
Fr. Sullins has dealt extensively with this issue, having done reports on clerical sex abuse in 2018 and 2019. His analysis of the findings and recommendations from this latest report can be found here.
In summary, Fr. Sullins noted:
1. Cases of current, ongoing abuse: 37 -- almost three times as many allegations as have been reported in any previous year of the audit.
2. New reports of past abuse: 4,434 previously unreported incidents of abuse, in some cases going back decades, which were only made known in 2019.
3. Priests removed permanently from priestly ministry: 142 -- about one-tenth of all new priests ordained in the past decade.
4. The percentage of male and female victims is now roughly equal. In years past, the victims were predominately male.
The Ruth Institute endorses the recommendations of the National Review Board, which provides the USCCB these reports on an annual basis:
1. Every diocese should mandate parish-level audits. Currently, only 60% of dioceses require these audits.
2. Every diocese should require ongoing training and renewal of background checks. Currently, 25% and 15% respectively do not meet these requirements.
3. Clergy and laity must remain fully engaged about the safety of children and faithfulness of clergy.
Ruth Institute President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Ph.D., concluded: “Given the tragic history of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, which scarred the lives of so many, we must not become complacent. We must be vigilant to ensure no repetition of the scandals of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ’90s.”