CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN FAITH-BASED INSTITUTIONS: Gender, spiritual trauma and treatment frameworks by Deborah Sauvage and Patrick O’Leary

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This chapter examines the literature relating to the characteristics, effects and treatment frameworks of child sexual abuse in faith-based institutions. Three major themes were identified: (1) the over-representation of male victims, (2) the multifaceted dimensions of spiritual trauma and (3) the need to adopt a complex trauma approach. Each theme will be discussed in turn, followed by evidence-informed recommendations for enhancing services, as well as institutional and justice responses to child sexual abuse. More research is required to guide the development of independent complaint management and support systems.

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