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Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches Paperback – March, 1993


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press (PA); First Edition edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836136241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836136241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book that brings the unmentionable subject of sexual abuse by Christians into the light of day. This book makes it abundantly clear that sexual abuse does happen, by real, committed Christians and that pretending that it doesn't, far from minimising the problem, actually allows it to prosper like a fungus growing in a damp, dark place. Many books on sexual abuse focus on helping the survivor but ignore the abuser and those friends and family that surround victim and abuser, however, Carolyn Heggen provides practical insight into help the survivor, the perpetrator and the families of both. The chapter on pastoral abuse contains very useful information and the sections that show how religious belief can actually contribute to abuse make a lot of sense. The ways in which churches can help bring healing and prevent or continue to foster abuse are made clear and there are examples of ways of worship that can help survivors. I think that much of this book (especially the chapter in repentence, restitution, forgiveness and reconciliation) would apply to not just situations of sexual abuse but any sexual sin. I can't say enough good things about this book, it is a difficult topic but it is covered thoroughly, sensitively and practically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Virtue on November 21, 2013
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A topic that is significant in most denominations but is often overlooked or even worse covered up "for the good of the church". Carolyn has taken on this difficult subject and though the book is not a recent publication, the church has not responded and her message needs to be heard.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stan on June 6, 2013
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This is a review of the 1993 version. I hope the issues with that version are cleaned up in this book.

Heggens account was striking in its honesty and approach to an issue most would rather not mention. The abusive attitudes and practices this book describes need to be brought into the light, spoken about openly and guarded against. Strong points include the protection of victims who speak out. I have personally known several cases much like the ones in this book, and the normal response to abuse was to keep silent, which is detrimental to the church and humanity.

However in the chapter on Christian beliefs that contribute to abuse, she makes some unqualified claims. The most unfortunate claim is when Heggen laments that there is no specific biblical prohibition of a man having sex with his own child or grandchild. That is a very serious claim. I hope in the new edition Heggen has been informed of this misconception, Leviticus 18:17 prohibits both of these sexual activities, including sexual relations with a step daughter. Anyone who claims that from looking at biblical texts there is only an argument by inference that they shouldn't have sex with their children is grossly misinformed.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman Mayfield on November 21, 2013
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There are some helpfull sections. She uses standard psychological reasoning. She has good discription of the seriousness of abuse . But she also has strong feministic agenda. Her reasoning is that we will never get rid of sexual abuse u ntill we get rid of patriarchy. That is flawed reasoning. All abuse can be traced back to the fallen nature of man in my option. One of the side effects of the femininist movement is that men is general have lost the obligation to care and protect women and children.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Kauffman on February 9, 2010
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It is very informative, but it makes me sick to think there are so many disgusting men that would take advantage of poor innocent trusting children, any man that would do that is a Beast and needs to be punished to the fullest extant of the law!
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