By Hurt & Stuck
I like the message of the gospel, but it only teaches the ideal and not how to handle abusive relationships. I wish women weren’t forced to stay in abusive situations. The church doctrine makes me want to kill myself rather than get divorced. Everything else is okay. But the church teaches people to endure abuse because it will sanctify you. If you speak up, they shame you for being ungrateful. You should be grateful that your situation isn’t worse. So keep your mouth shut.
**How can male leaders become more aware of the problems faced by women in abusive marriages, believing their stories without question when they finally find the courage to speak? How can members be more understanding of the fact that it is right for some marriages to end?