The spiritual implications of sexual abuse : not just an issue for religious women?

Crisp, Beth R. 2012, The spiritual implications of sexual abuse : not just an issue for religious women?, Feminist theology, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 133-145.

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Title The spiritual implications of sexual abuse : not just an issue for religious women?
Author(s) Crisp, Beth R.
Journal name Feminist theology
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 133
End page 145
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-01
ISSN 0966-7350
1745-5189
Keyword(s) sexual abuse
spirituality
women’s experiences
Summary Although there is now some recognition that sexual abuse, particularly that which occurs in religious settings, has spiritual implications for women who have been abused, the spiritual implications of sexual abuse which occurs beyond the confines of specific religious practices and beliefs tend not to be acknowledged. Taking a stance that all people, irrespective of their involvement in a formal religion, are inherently spiritual, this paper identifies the key concepts associated with spirituality as meaning, identity, connectedness, transformation and transcendence. Examples as to how each of these may be issues following the experience of sexual abuse are provided. This approach challenges prevailing notions that sexual abuse only has spiritual implications for women who identify with a particular religious tradition. Instead it is argued that an experience of sexual abuse can be critical for the spiritual life of any woman who is subjected to abuse.
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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050509

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