They were worried because the racial makeup of their small church was changing.
They warned Sheppard that the church's newest members would try to seize control because members of their race were inherently aggressive.
In fact, people over 50 are one of the fastest growing segments.
“It’s a product of the growing normalcy of using social media apps,” says Moira Weigel, author of “Labor of Love: The Invention of Online Dating” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016).
You can do almost anything online these days: Check a bank balance, buy shoes, choose a mattress, order a cab.
Sheppard says the experience demonstrated why racially integrated churches are difficult to create and even harder to sustain.If people believe that their faith community will blame victims instead of abusers, or ask victims to return to dangerous situations, they may steer them away from this as a source of help.Any helper not trained to support victims with ties to faith may, without realizing it, add to the victims’ feelings of rejection, loneliness and guilt.Often victims use these supports before, or instead of, traditional domestic violence services.Having knowledge about the impact of domestic violence and the help available can aid faith communities in offering the proper support to victims.