When Faith Hurts: Understanding and Addressing the Many Spiritual Issues Associated with Child Sexual Abuse (PowerPoint)

Summary: Spiritual injuries are a significant consequence of child sexual abuse. Ongoing spiritual confusion and unanswered spiritual questions will undoubtedly contribute to the painful, and sometimes lifelong, damages caused by abuse. Therefore, it is critical that those who are on the frontlines of addressing and combating child sexual abuse be properly prepared to understand and respond to the spiritual consequences of this heinous crime. This PowerPoint presentation provides the necessary fundamentals needed for the Christian community to begin playing a significant role in confronting and addressing childhood sexual abuse and the spiritual damage left in its wake.

Worship: The Act of Loving and Caring for Children (PowerPoint)

Summary: Paul writes in 1st Corinthians, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." In other words, the very purpose for which God has breathed life into each one of us is to worship Him. As man’s chief end is to worship God, Satan’s chief objective is to rob God of that worship by and through the physical and spiritual destruction of His worshippers…mankind. and tThis dark agenda often begins with Satan’s attempt to destroy the most venerable of worshippers:, children.! This PowerPoint presentation lays out what is at the heart of child abuse: ....the robbery of worship.

The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused

By: Andrew J. Schmutzer

Publisher: Wipf & Stock (2011)

For: Survivors | Ministry Leaders | Counselors

Summary: Maybe the only thing new about sexual abuse is quality discussion from several professions (psychology, theology, and pastoral care). Here are the insights of over two dozen psychologists, theologians, and those in pastoral care, all targeting the issue of sexual abuse. Designed as a resource for Christian educators, therapists, pastors, social workers, group leaders, and survivors, The Long Journey Home Schmutzer combines current research in mental health with rich theological reflection, global concern with fervent pastoral wisdom for the local faith community to create a fresh resource of information for those who have survived abuse and those ministering to them. Whether you are a counselor, professor, pastor, or spouse of a survivor, you hold in your hand a fresh resource of information and advocacy for those suffering from the devastating effects of sexual abuse and rape. The breadth of material, biblical insight, discussion questions, and helpful resources gathered here just may be the tool of a generation.

Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders

By: Anna C. Salter

Publisher: Basic Books (2004)

Summary: What motivates sexual abusers? Why are so few caught? Drawing on the stories of abusers, Anna C. Salter shows that sexual predators use sophisticated deception techniques and rely on misconceptions surrounding them to evade discovery. Arguing that even the most knowledgeable among us can be fooled, Anna Salter dispels the myths about sexual predators using anecdotes and case histories and gives us the tools to protect our families and ourselves. A must read for all Christian parents, leaders, and church members!

On the Threshold of Hope

By: Diane Langberg

Publisher: Tyndale (2012)

Summary: On the Threshold of Hope offers hope and healing to men and women who have been traumatized by sexual abuse. Dr. Langberg's insights and the quotations from many survivors assure readers that they are not alone and that Christ, the Redeemer, can heal their deep wounds.book offers hope and healing to men and women who have been traumatized by sexual abuse. Through stories, Scripture, questions, and encouragement, Dr. Langberg walks with survivors on the road to healing through Christ's love and power.

Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault

By: Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb

Publisher: Crossway (2011)

For: Survivors and Their Families | Ministry Leaders | Counselors

Summary: The statistics are jarring. One in four women and one in six men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. But as sobering as the statistics are, they don’t begin to speak to the darkness and grief experienced by these victims. Because sexual assault causes physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain, victims need clear help, hope, and healing. In Rid of My Disgrace, a couple experienced in counseling victims of sexual assault explains how the grace of God can heal the broken and restore the disgraced. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb—who’ve been working with abuse survivors for years —outline an approach here for moving from destruction to redemption. While avoiding platitudes and shallow theology, Rid of My Disgrace combines biblical and theological depth with up-to-date research. This book is primarily written for those who have been assaulted (either as children or adults) but also equips family, friends, pastors, and others to care for victims in ways that are compassionate, practical, and informed. Part of the Re:Lit series.

Applying Law and Gospel to Victims and Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse - Victor Vieth

“Counselors and theologians failing to understand the dynamics of child sexual abuse cases often apply the concept of law and gospel incorrectly. When this happens, perpetrators are emboldened to offend again and many victims leave the church…” . This article presents a thought provoking and refreshing approach on the application of law and gospel to victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

Suffer the Children: Developing Effective Church Policies on Child Maltreatment (Jacob’s Hope) - Victor Vieth

“Although churches, synagogues, temples and other places of worship are increasingly implementing policies to protect children from abuse, the policies adopted are often inadequate and of limited value. This article includes ten concrete suggestions for faith institutions that will aid in developing and implementing policies more likely to keep children safe …”

Insuring Sin (essay) - Joey Mangano

“One would think that the crimes committed by clergy that clearly go against all for which the church supposedly stands for, would have been enough. But even for the church it is becoming apparent clear that only money talks, not morals and values ...”