Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual Assault and Abuse : A Handbook for Clergy and Religious Professionals

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This collection of articles introduces religious professionals to the physical, spiritual and psychological consequences and related issues of abuse. It teaches them how to recognize patterns in situations they are likely to encounter and helps them to respond with compassion and understanding. It also provides pastoral resources and outside references to aid the minister and counsellor seeking assistance for long-term problems. Contributors include religious and psychology professionals with particular expertise in the subject, plus women whose personal stories bring to light their painful experiences.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 209.55 x 19.05mm | 222.26g
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0060665076
  • 9780060665074

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Part 1 Recognizing the patterns: myths and facts about sexual assault and child sexual abuse; the statistics about sexual violence, Barbara Chester; if she says no, then it's rape, Ellen Goodman; recognizing the symptoms and consequences of sexual assault and abuse, Barbara Chester; elder abuse - the view from the chancel, Jane A. Boyajian. Part 2 Understanding the issues: with no immediate cause, Ntozake Shange; violence against women - the theological dimension, Mary D. Pellauer; "Dont't Tell Mother", Martha Janssen; a commentary on religious issues in family violence, Marie M. Fortune and Judith Hertze; a theological perspective on sexual assault, Mary D. Pellauer; theological perspectives on sexual violence, Patricia Wilson-Kastner. Part 3 Responding with compassion: standing by victims of sexual violence - pastoral issues, Jane A. Boyajian; support counseling with victims of sexual assault, Chris Servaty; sharing the crises of rape - counseling the mates and families of victims, Daniel C. Silverman; the male minister and the female victim, Cooper Wiggen; sexual harassment - victim responses, Barbara Chester; beyond belief - the reluctant discovery of incest, Roland Summit; confidentiality and mandatory reporting - a clergy dilemma?, Marie M. Fortune; reporting the mistreatment of minors and vulnerable adults, Mary D. Pellauer, et al; responding to clients who have been sexually exploited by counsellors, therapists and clergy, Jeanette Hofstee Milgrom and Gary R. Schoener; client bill of rights; what can the church do?, Peggy Halsey; resources for ritual and recuperation, Mary D. Pellauer, et al.
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