Gay-rights activist claims she was mentally abused by the Protestant churches

One of the leading gay activist in the Church of England, says, she held the “spiritual abuse” because of their sexuality, urges the Church to ensure the safety of LGBTI Christians.

Jayne Ozanne, whose experience in a charismatic Protestant Church led to a collapse, has warned Fort to the fact that the high rate of suicide, self-injury and depression among LGBTI Christians unabated, unless, of spiritual abuse.

Churches, the danger to places of “turmoil and pain,” she added.

Ozanne, is also calling on the C and E, to reject the practice of conversion therapy being discussed as unethical and harmful in a movement, in its ruling body, the General Synod meets in York in July.

Spiritual abuse “may cause permanent damage to the victims, particularly in relation to their sense of identity, well-being and mental health,” she said. The government should be expanded to the current four times the definition of violence to physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, spiritual abuse, she added.

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Ozanne said: “Spiritual abuse is quite commonplace in Evangelical-charismatic churches. The “healing-therapy” that I went through, was to try to deliver me from my homosexuality.

“It made me ashamed of my sexuality, guilty, sinful, desperate – but most of all, deeply depressed, which led to a collapse. I was not able to function. I know so many people who have been there.

“I don’t want to see other young people take their lives, or in the hospital, as I cracked on with my body under the strain. We must put an end to this practice and celebrate instead of who we are.”

In a paper of Spiritual abuse – The Next Big scandal for the Church, this week, published by the Royal College of psychiatrists, Ozanne said the case was “particularly important for those who struggle, because of their religious beliefs – with issues of sexual or gender identity.

“Unfortunately, these people are exposed to the worst forms of spiritual abuse by groups of individuals at the time you need unconditional support and confirmation. This has the added complication that their once safe haven, to your Church a place of turmoil and pain, where those who have trusted you the source of their abuse.

“The most harmful practice is often the abuse of the Holy Scriptures in times of prayer, Ministry, where the passages cited can be that the Person, the prayer, the feeling that your failure to be healed is because of their sin.”

Your main the “group model” of spiritual abuse, in which a “dynamic group, in which one can promote and promote abusive behavior was a concern. It is unique to certain types of churches and network groups, especially those who believe in the importance of ‘baptized in the Holy spirit’.”

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She added: “The combination of their undoubted doctrine of the Holy spirit, coupled with a mass dynamics in a variety of abusive practices can lead to.”

Ozanne, the Synod says the motion-conversion therapy that attempts to change or suppress sexual orientation, “has no place in the modern world, is immoral, harmful, and not evidence supported”.

In a background paper, Ozanne, says the sexual orientation and gender identities are not mental disorders. However, “social exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice can be subjected to be mental health issues for each person, these abuses often sad perpetrated by religious groups”.

The C and E should be clear “in its condemnation of such harmful practices”. The motion calls for the Church to condemn the endorsement of the Declaration in January-conversion-therapy by the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, and the United Kingdom Council for psychotherapy and other organisations.

In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the USA, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.