Spirituality and sexual abuse: issues and dilemmas for survivors

Crisp, Beth 2007, Spirituality and sexual abuse: issues and dilemmas for survivors, Theology and sexuality, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 301-314.

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Title Spirituality and sexual abuse: issues and dilemmas for survivors
Author(s) Crisp, Beth
Journal name Theology and sexuality
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 301
End page 314
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Beverly Hills, Calif.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1355-8358
1745-5170
Keyword(s) sexual abuse
spirituality
self-image
silence
forgiveness
sacraments
Summary Sexual abuse profoundly affects survivors to the extent that they are unable to maintain previously held viewpoints or ways of being, including those relating to their spirituality. Certainly the experience has considerable potential to complicate the spiritual lives of survivors. For Christian survivors, this may include how they perceive and relate to both themselves and God as well as affect participation in sacraments such as eucharist and reconciliation. Spiritual traditions often promote the embracing of silence, but this may be problematic for survivors who have been silenced and unable to give expression to their experiences. Similarly, socialization resulting in beliefs that Christians should always forgive and/or never be angry needs to be overcome. While negotiating these pitfalls may result in explorations of spirituality being even less straightforward for survivors of sexual abuse than it is for others, a transformative spirituality within a Christian framework can be realized.
Language eng
Field of Research 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE Publications
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