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A case study of child sexual abuse within a Church community

Higgins, Daryl J. 2002, A case study of child sexual abuse within a Church community, Journal of religion and abuse, vol. 3, no. 1-2, pp. 5-19, doi: 10.1300/J154v03n01_02.

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Title A case study of child sexual abuse within a Church community
Author(s) Higgins, Daryl J.
Journal name Journal of religion and abuse
Volume number 3
Issue number 1-2
Start page 5
End page 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-02
ISSN 1521-1037
Summary A case study is presented of child sexual assault within a church community. How does a church community deal with the accusation of an adolescent female that-as a 13-year old-she was sexually victimised and assaulted by her then 18-year old boyfriend, five years her senior? Practical and pastoral issues, as well as ethical and legal concerns are addressed. Consideration is also given to the theological context of the church environments in which the situations arise. The implications for victims, perpetrators, leaders, and the church community of our actions-and failure to take appropriate action-are described, along with recommendations for prevention, and best practice in dealing with the sexual abuse of minors within church communities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1300/J154v03n01_02
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Routledge
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Collection: School of Psychology
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