About Inside/Outside: One Woman’s Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult by Jenny Hayworth
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Inside/Outside is a memoir: Jenny Hayworth grew up experiencing harrowing abuse not only from her paternal grandfather but a stranger and then an elder in the congregation (church) her family associated with. The church abuse went on for six years. Jenny told no one due to fear of God and feeling like she was a participant and not a victim even though she was only 11 years old when the abuse started and the perpetrator was in his 60’s.
It was not until her eldest two children were abused by a member of the church and she confronted her own sexual abuse revealing this to two elders that she was shocked to discover that if there had not been two adult witnesses to her childhood abuse then she could not be believed and she was counseled to be quiet otherwise she could be disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for gossip and slander.
She commenced a journey of healing for herself and her children that involved leaving the congregation she had grown up in, being shunned by all family and friends for doing so and having to remake her life and identity without her childhood faith or any support.
It was a six year period of healing that is inspirational to read and although it led to her losing all she had ever known she gained more than she could have imagined.