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Jimmy Hinton, a minister, and his mother, Clara Hinton, reported Jimmy's father when a victim reported to them that she'd been abused. Sadly, this is rare. Churches typically defend and protect abusers. This show is dedicated to the millions of survivors who have been mistreated or not believed by the church. Jimmy and Clara wish to bring hope to survivors and shift the current culture in the churches that are perpetuating abuse.
 
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There's a reason why people keep getting fooled by child abusers. They blend in really well with the rest of us. The fruits they produce look just like the fruits you and I produce. It's not until we inspect those fruits that we realize how rotten it is on the inside. We developed a tool to help identify and inspect the fruits that abusers produce.…
 
The Bible describes a class of people who have not, do not, and will not ever change. It's an impossibility. Their hearts have been so hardened that they have zero desire to change. Jesus says that a bad tree CANNOT produce good fruit. In this episode, we share scriptures that speak to this. And there are many of them. Wolves are not sheep, plain a…
 
Abusers will never change. A person who oppresses innocent people for their own pleasure is warped. The Bible repeatedly refers to them as wolves. Wolves don't change, because they can't change. This episode kicks off a series on how to positively recognize and identify a wolf in sheep's clothing. Jimmy’s book, The Devil Inside: How My Minister Fat…
 
"I was just 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that?" Those are the words from Bobbi Gephart, who confronted her abuser in front of his congregation after he gave a "confession" of an "affair" some 20 years ago. John Lowe II lied on stage, telling his church that he had an "affair," leaving out an important detail--…
 
It keeps getting worse and worse for the SBC. The more we learn, the more we realize it is reckless at best and, at worst, completely incapable of change. After publicly claiming that it was impossible to create a database, we now know that it had it's own secret list of predator pastors all along. The SBC has a long road ahead, but honestly we're …
 
This marks our 200th episode! This is a huge milestone for us, so we decided to share our top 20 lessons we've learned from podcasting over the past few years. We've cried and laughed a lot over the course of 200 episodes. But most importantly, we've met many people who have taught us so much. We wanted to share those lessons with you! Jimmy’s book…
 
We need to learn from the mistakes of others. Oftentimes we feel like we're living in the movie Groundhog Day. We see the same stories repeat themselves over and over again. A story that one of our patrons sent our way from The Dr. John Delony Show is no exception. A wife and mother to a young child called in to say that her husband had inappropria…
 
As a 16 year old girl, Charis Barker had no idea that her world was about to change forever. As an obedient daughter of followers of Gothard, she dreamed of one day sitting at the feet of him. Her wish came true and, to her surprise, Gothard singled her out and called her on stage. He told her that she had "bright eyes," a term of endearment that h…
 
Why are so many churches still insistent on defending abusers? They sit in support of abusers in the courtroom. They tell survivors to move on. They develop policies that protect the abuser. They put them in positions of authority. And they develop "care teams" for the abuser. In this episode, we share what we believe is the #1 contributor to empow…
 
All great advocates have one thing in common. Just a little hint, it's not that they have a big platform. Some of the best advocates have no platform online. In fact, they may not be known beyond their local community. So what is it that makes advocates successful? We unpack all that and more in this episode. Jimmy’s book, The Devil Inside: How My …
 
You may have noticed that we deleted an episode. This was thanks to a church threatening a guest we had on and we all decided it was safest for her if we just removed the episode. Sadly, this is common practice for churches. They routinely bully, intimidate, threaten, and scare survivors into silence. And all of this is "in the name of God." In thi…
 
SO many children were not, and STILL are not, able to be protected from abusers. What is the best line of defense against an abuser? This is a very hotly debated subject. Some believe that adults should have all the responsibility for protecting innocent people. Those in this camp often believe that teaching a child to protect him or herself puts t…
 
We know that mandated reporters must always report suspicions of abuse of a minor. But what about spouses of abusers? Oftentimes there is no "smoking gun" that creates a reportable incident, but there are oddities and red flags. Other times there may be a disclosure by a child of abuse but the fear of harassment, intimidation, or even death will ke…
 
When officials at Midland Christian School in Texas were told about a 9th grade boy being bullied and sexually assaulted with a baseball bat they did nothing. Superintendent Jared Lee told other staffers to investigate instead of calling the police. As a result two coaches and three administrators were arrested and charged with failure to report an…
 
Life is moving fast. We experience life and death in our families, and sometimes simultaneously. In this episode we talk about the highs and lows we're currently experiencing in our family and how we manage it all. Many survivors experience so many ups and downs. This is perfectly normal and doesn't make anyone weak. Jimmy’s book, The Devil Inside:…
 
We hear all the time that abusers "groom" their victims and the communities around them. But is this term accurate for what they are really doing? We've been talking about abusers testing their victims and the people around them for years. We finally explain why in this episode. Terminology is important. Here is a blog post I wrote on this subject:…
 
Tavner Smith is pastor of Venu Church, one of the fastest growing mega church movements in the US. After alleged infidelity with a staffer was discovered, others on staff urged him to step down for a year until they could sort out details. Smith refused, saying that he would be back in the pulpit by February. After only six weeks of him stepping aw…
 
Questions are pouring in. . . has Jimmy lost his mind? Won't you get frostbite? Why would you do this? So we decided to have a little fun with this episode and answer a lot of the questions we've been getting about what would possess your host to climb an ice fall and go swimming in an icy river. Hope you enjoy and, as always, stay warm!! Insights …
 
Lauren Book has been through a lot. As a child she was sexually abused for years by her female nanny. Lauren wrote about her experience in her book, "It's OK to Tell." Since then she has become a powerful voice in the advocacy community. Most recently, she won a seat in the Florida State Senate and is working hard to change laws. But those laws cou…
 
Spiritual abuse is rampant. Does the church have a ripe environment to produce or enable narcissistic leaders? Some statistics show that narcissism is rising pretty dramatically, and recent investigations show the epidemic of abuse in the church. So how do we handle spiritual abusers? In this episode we explore different ways to shut down an abuser…
 
Spiritual abuse is rampant, and not many religious leaders are talking about it. It's also VERY hard to define spiritual abuse in our legal system and that, combined with religious freedom, makes it nearly impossible to convict people for spiritual abuse. In this episode, we define what spiritual abuse is (or at least what it includes) and talk abo…
 
On December 19th, 27 year old Tyler Henegar, a registered sex offender, shamelessly broke into a little girl's apartment and was caught wearing nothing but the little girl's shoes. This Cinderella was chased out of the house by the girl's mother and was later apprehended by police. And remember Captain Underpants, the perverted colonel from Canada …
 
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a an accident in 2019 that took the lives of 4 people and left 10 more injured. His brakes failed going down Lookout Mountain on I 70 eastbound, a 6,000 foot drop towards the city of Denver. It's a very dangerous hill that some companies ban first-year drivers from because of their lac…
 
In 2018 Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, radically defended Josh Duggar when it became public that he had sexually abused young girls, including his own sisters. Huckabee said that no purpose is served by people bringing up Josh's past. Similarly, Josh's wife Anna stood by his side throughout his trail for possession of child abuse mater…
 
On October 10, 2011, Les Ferguson Jr. thought it would be an ordinary day--a celebration of his and Karen's 24th wedding anniversary. But then Les received a call with screaming in the background. The call dropped. Les rushed to his house only to find his street lined with police cars and swat teams. In his heart he knew that it was his family who …
 
Finding out that a child was senselessly harmed by an abuser is a parent's worst nightmare. Many parents of abused children ask what they could have done differently. There is no "silver bullet" to prevent abuse. Sometimes abusers still easily bypass the safety net measures we parents put into place. Protecting children requires a multi-level appro…
 
How, when, and should you tell your kids that a family member is an abuser? This question gets asked A LOT. I recently wrote a blog post called "It’s been 10 years since reporting my dad and the reality of losing so much is hitting hard": https://jimmyhinton.org/its-been-10-years-since-reporting-my-dad-and-the-reality-of-losing-so-much-is-hitting-h…
 
The church in the US is in a freefall decline. The decline is unprecedented. The majority of church membership is held in churches of under 100 in attendance. At the same time, the megachurches are growing while "mom and pop" small churches are closing their doors. The problem is very, very dire. So where does this leave our children who are being …
 
2014 marked a dark year for celebrities who's cloud photos and videos had been hacked. Nude photos that were meant to remain private instantly became an internet sensation, much at the expense of the celebrity victims. From nude photos to "Karen" meltdowns, our society is obsessed with making private encounters public domain, truly invading the pri…
 
Just this week a school teacher in Wisconsin was sentenced to twelve years in prison for secretly videotaping his students on field trips in their hotel rooms. Voyeurism is incredibly common and is very difficult to prosecute. Our laws vary wildly from state to state and prosecutors must show intent. In this episode we talk about the problem of vid…
 
Guest Heather Snyder, counselor and advocate, describes the differences between natural curiosity among children and when they cross sexual boundaries that need to be reported. Parents, teachers, and caretakers should know the differences between normal exploration and curiosity and signs that a child may have been abused. We all need to know when …
 
There is a pandemic within the pandemic that's relentless--from labor shortages to transportation issues, and even increased abuse with decreased reporting. But it's not all bad news! There is a lot we can do to help make this world a better place. In this episode, we talk about ways you, the listeners, can help! Intro-- Film Glitch by Snowflake (c…
 
Once again the Catholic church made world news when a 2,500 page independent French report came out estimating that 330,000 victims were subjected to abuse by 3,000 Catholic priests and an "unknown number of other people involved in the church." The abuse and cover ups spanned 70 years. The vast majority of cases cannot be criminally investigated b…
 
Detecting and preventing abuse is not as black and white as we would like. A lot of commentary is happening for what police should have done better to protect Gabby Petito from Brian Laundrie. In this episode we talk about what others can do to help people in distress instead of only relying on police. Police are definitely an important and necessa…
 
No child should ever be molested by an adult. Nor should their youth pastor be allowed to molest them, lie about it, and have his whole staff cover for him. Yet as a 13 year old girl this is exactly what happened to Mendy Hicks and others. When Mendy finally did tell at the age of 15 she was told that she was demon possessed, crazy, and was placed …
 
Is the term "abuse" used so much that we are losing efficiency in identifying genuinely threatening people? Labeling is commonplace now and so many people over-label that even people who disagree are labeled as abusers. Our nation is very divided right now and we are losing our focus on being protectors of the innocent. Labels and definitions are i…
 
It's very difficult for most people to recognize the difference between difficult church leaders and abusive ones. Jimmy and Christine developed a list of traits of abusive leaders and they discuss it in this episode. It's important to know when leaders are abusive and how to confront the abuse. Too many abuse survivors are abused by leaders after …
 
Naghmeh gained instant fame when her then husband Saeed Abedini was jailed in Iran for his Christian faith. As an American pastor who was jailed in Iran, it sparked an international outcry against Christian persecution. President Obama and the State Department were able to successfully work a deal with Iran to free Saeed. But there was a dark secre…
 
Clara's youngest daughter, Alex Howlett, was the person who disclosed her dad's abuse to Jimmy and Clara in 2011. Alex was 20 at the time. In this episode she describes her healing journey that began with deep depression and attempted suicide to now owning her own Yoga business and loving every minute of it! Alex will forever be our hero because sh…
 
We don't really talk much about how the church responded when we reported the abuse, but it is an important part of our story. Reporting abuse is often a very lonely road for survivors. But what about for us? Jimmy is the full time minister for the church his dad led for almost 3 decades. Clara was the preacher's wife for that long, too. So did the…
 
Being married to an abuser is incredibly difficult. When the abuse is subtle and highly calculated, it's challenging to even rationalize to yourself the real reasons why you are deciding to end a marriage. This is what makes sophisticated abusers so dangerous and why they are able to keep their spouses trapped in a marriage. Clara Hinton left her m…
 
New York's Office of the Attorney General released a damning report yesterday chronicling Governor Andrew Cuomo's creepy, predatory behavior with 11 victims who came forward. The report uncovers a "culture within the Executive Chamber" of cover-ups, fear, demanded loyalty to the governor, and retaliation against those who spoke up. In an act of def…
 
Too often people have been made to believe that the ONLY way we can protect victims from abusers is by the legal justice system. "Innocent until proven guilty" is repeated in churches and other organizations, as if someone can't be a dangerous predator unless the court says so. The reality is that the vast majority of abuse cases will never be repo…
 
Is there really such a thing as non-offending pedophiles? This is, by far, one of the most hotly debated topics concerning pedophiles. MAPs (Minor Attracted Person) are on the rise and are getting more and more brazen with their degrading comments about children. Here is a good article about their online perversions: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…
 
Abuse survivors are often told what THEY--not their abusers--did wrong. Survivors are often told that they somehow provoked an abuser to commit crimes against them. They are told that if they lived a better life God wouldn't have allowed them to be abused. They're told to forgive and move on. But what stance does God take against abuse and, just as…
 
Never before has it been so easy for children to be exploited online. Common Sense Media did a recent survey that shows 54% of children own a smartphone before the age of 11. 84% of teens own a smartphone. With the phones come a host of issues: Ready access to hardcore, violent pornography, secret apps where children are pressured to send explicit …
 
Mary Byler, Misty Griffin, Audrey Kaufman, and Jasper Hoffman talk to us about abuse in the Plain community. They tell us their stories about physical and sexual violence, spiritual abuse, and what we in the English community need to be doing to help rescue the women and children who are trapped. This is part 2 of 2 episodes. To view Mary's video o…
 
Mary Byler, Misty Griffin, Audrey Kaufman, and Jasper Hoffman talk to us about abuse in the Plain community. They tell us their stories about physical and sexual violence, spiritual abuse, and what we in the English community need to be doing to help rescue the women and children who are trapped. This is part 1 of 2 episodes. To view Mary's video o…
 
Countless sexual abuse victims are not safe in their own homes. Over 60% of sexual abuse survivors are abused by someone related to them in their home. When the majority of abuse happens by a close family member or friend, how can we ensure our homes are safe for our children. One of the most traumatic things for a child is to have the safety of th…
 
For 180 days out of the year our children will spend the majority of their childhood in the care of people other than their parents. We need to ensure that the people charged with teaching our children are also charged with protecting them. Many schools are danger zones. The number of school teachers sexually abusing students is rising in virtually…
 
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