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Where Was God? Spiritual Questions of Sexually Abused Children

Author: 
Barbara Hughes
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When we address the spirituality of childhood, we are confronted with the tragic reality that at least one in four girls and one in five boys in America experience sexual abuse during childhood. Basic trust has been broken in childhood sexual trauma, invoking questions such as, “How can God be there? How can God be trusted? How can God love me?” Abused children will inevitably receive answers in and out of church, and some of the more popular theological ideas will not serve them well. As a survivor of sexual abuse, Hughes relates places within the Christian tradition that offered her doorways into faith and healing, including Scriptures, approaches to Scripture, and liturgical rites she has encountered along the path to wholeness. Hughes advocates for these broken souls, calling for the Church, as an instrument of justice, peace, and reconciliation, to be responsible for actively ministering to survivors of sexual abuse. Includes an introduction by Catherine Maresca.