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A case study of child sexual abuse within a Church community

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posted on 2002-02-01, 00:00 authored by Daryl Higgins
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.

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Journal

Journal of religion and abuse

Volume

3

Issue

1-2

Pagination

5 - 19

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1521-1037

Language

eng

Publication classification

C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

Copyright notice

2002, Routledge

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