CCEF: Can’t Say No

How would you help a woman who can’t seem to say “no”?

When someone in authority asks her to do an extra task, she says “yes,” even at the expense of her commitments to friends and family.

When a man pursues her sexually, she is overcome by what feels like a locked-in syndrome. She wants to refuse, but nothing comes out of her mouth. He might take her passivity as consent.

The biblical teachings on temptation and self-control are just begging to be put to work here. It looks like a simple matter of misplaced desires. She desires to please an authority figure more than she desires to learn wisdom about her use of time. And she must actually desire to be with a man more than she desires to say “no.”

But one thing is missing.

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