Silence and silenced : implications for the spirituality of survivors of sexual abuse

Crisp, Beth 2010, Silence and silenced : implications for the spirituality of survivors of sexual abuse, Feminist theology, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 277-293.

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Title Silence and silenced : implications for the spirituality of survivors of sexual abuse
Author(s) Crisp, Beth
Journal name Feminist theology
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 277
End page 293
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-05
ISSN 0966-7350
1745-5189
Keyword(s) intimidation
sexual abuse
silence
spirituality
Summary Survivors of sexual abuse are frequently met with cultures of silence which make it difficult for their experiences to be acknowledged. Furthermore, many have been subjected to threats and intimidation in efforts to ensure that they remain silent about what has happened to them. One response to such experiences is to keep oneself busy and avoid ever being quiet enough to experience a sense of silence within. However, many spiritual traditions promote the embracing of silence as essential for those seeking spiritual development. This paper explores these diverse experiences of silence for survivors of sexual abuse and considers why spiritualities which promote silence can be problematic.
Language eng
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author(s),
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