In 1999, M. Russell Ballard from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked Janalyn Holt to start a women’s organization to advocate for community decency standards. Holt brought Shelley DeVries and Kim Jensen on board and started Women for Decency with the mission of educating and mobilizing women to protect families and communities from the pitfalls of pornography. Since 1999, the organization has evolved in a variety of ways, and many organizations have developed through WFD that now focus on different aspects of our mission.
Betrayal Trauma Recovery leads women to use recovery tools as they deal with a husband's pornography addiction and emotional abuse, teaching them the skills to keep themselves and their children safe from the behaviors of active addicts. We believe that any effort to heal the world without first healing ourselves only prolongs our pain and does not solve the core problems that enable abuse and addiction. We have found through painful personal experience that leading the charge against pornography without healing ourselves and our homes intensifies the chaos.
Betrayal Trauma Recovery aims to mobilize a mighty army of healthy women and literally bring down the pornography industry through the simple tools of recovery - surrendering, setting boundaries, and taking care of ourselves. Women learn these and other amazing tools as they work with professional APSATS coaches in one-on-one online sessions.
Once they have worked on their own recovery, stabilize, and healed their home, we encourage them to join the fight against this pandemic by helping us or one of the organizations we promote.
To facilitate a public, cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic of pornography, Women For Decency also started Race For Virtue. Race For Virtue aims to increase public awareness about the health crisis caused by pornography & sexual addiction, provide resources for those seeking help, and raise money for our partner organizations. This will be an annual event, with the first race being on September 9, 2017.
The race is not a race against each other, rather it is a race against the pandemic of pornography and sexual addiction. Individuals and groups will gather all around the world, at their location of choice, and walk, bike or hike their pledged amount of miles. These individual racers will share their experience on social media to help spread the word throughout the world.
12 Step Scriptures is a study program that helps people find the 12 Step principles in the scriptures and other religious texts.
Some of you may find that your recovery brings God into your life in such a way that He has a special project for you. If/when that happens, please contact our Community Action Liaison Shelley DeVries at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can help you and train you to get your community decency project off the ground.
If you are in Georgia or other southern states, connect with our Regional Director, Lisa Shanklin at email@example.com.
If you would like to help us, please consider the following actions: