The Bearing Witness Project started in 2019 as a multi-media advocacy project to boldly lead the conversation on religious & spiritual trauma (RST) among survivors, their loved ones, communities of faith, and mental health professionals.
To equip communities to recognize and understand the harm of religious and spiritual trauma and to take compassionate action to prevent and heal.
WHO We Serve
Build an empowering and safe platform for survivors of religious and spiritual trauma
Help provide language for their experiences
Advocate for visibility and understanding among mental health professional, faith communities, and the larger public
Mental Health Professionals
Further conceptualize religious and spiritual harm within a trauma-informed framework for culturally humble practice
Understand the importance of spirituality to mental health
Educate about survivor experiences
Equip community members with knowledge and tools to respond more compassionately to individuals impacted by religious and spiritual harm
Identify and shift power structures to prevent religious and spiritual trauma from happening
Help faith communities understand the need to identify the church’s history of harm and abuse with honesty, integrity, agency to be able to hold complexity