The feminist Evangelical blogger, Julie Roys has undergone a lot of scrutiny lately when her 2017 book was read by conservatives following her most recent barrage of hit pieces on John MacArthur. Right now her website has three of these hit pieces pinned to the top. Evidently MacArthur supporters like Dear Woke Christian read her book, and it’s bad. The book details Julie Roys having an inappropriate relationship with a former youth group student. Some might call this grooming. But according to Roys, it never got physical.
In this portion we see Julie Roys describe just how intense this relationship was, including a sexual dream. Roys uses the pseudonym “Sarah” in place of the girl’s real name.
In this portion we see insight on how vulnerable this Sarah was. Roys discloses perhaps an inappropriate amount of details of this person’s family life, especially if we were to consider this relationship abusive. We also see Julie Roys, as an adult, blaming a a girl who’s presumably fresh out of high school.
We see Roys continue to victim blame and we also find out what eventually happened to Sarah. Many questions are left such as just how romantic was this relationship and whether on an emotional level this was adultery on Roys’ part.
Julie Roys Cancels Book
In a statement on Twitter in response to her own words surfacing, Julie Roys tweeted out a statement:
Over the past several days, I have been confronted for the way I framed the story, especially assigning blame to someone who at one time had been a student in a ministry I helped lead. It should have been obvious to me that I held a position of power. I regret I didn’t see this at the time I wrote the book. And I regret I didn’t own it more fully when this was first brought to my attention recently.
I am very grateful to a faithful friend, who compassionately, yet honestly reached out and helped me realize my error. When someone who holds the balance of power feels powerless, it is concerning and it is wrong. For me to write that I felt “manipulated” in the relationship, for example, was completely off. And the fact that I only recently recognized my fault shows that I clearly have more of my own work to do.
I regret now that I shared the story of “Sarah” framed the way I did. That chapter reflects a moment in time, a polaroid of my pained posture and my limited understanding to that date.
I have reached out to a trusted professional to help me process what remains a painful memory, and to help me remove any blinders that remain. Because of the work I do, I understand how important it is for me to grow in this area and I am committed to that process.
Thank you to those who have pointed out these painful truths to me. I am so sorry for how this has hurt so many on so many levels. I am especially sorry for how it may have hurt Sarah.
I have pulled my book from my website and Facebook page and have initiated conversations with my publisher about next steps. I remain open to your input and constructive criticism.
It appears as though Julie Roys is pulling her book to save face, but the evidence is already out there and the internet is forever.
Julie Roys is hereby exposed as a hypocrite on the issue of abuse. By her own feminist standards, she exploited and groomed someone using a power dynamic. By her own standards, she is an abuser. Julie Roys represents the worst in “Christian media” because she is motivated out of a hatred towards men and the church. Hopefully this ruins causes her site to fold, but unfortunately, her cultish followers are seemingly inclined to indulge their hypocritical figure.