Submission Title

Resources and Responses to Sexual Assault by Christian Faith Communities

Session Number

RS4

Location

Weyerhaeuser 305

Abstract Number

RS4-a

Abstract

Churches are seen as places of refuge and safety from emotional turmoil, but are they sought out when people face emotional and physical trauma? We are interested in investigating the relationship between victims of sexual assault and their church communities. We will be researching the experiences had by victims of sexual assault when disclosing to church communities, as well as the resources made available by churches. Church communities can be an institution of support, and increased religiosity can help with recovery from traumatic events. This is important because if we find information leading us to believe that churches are not fulfilling the needs of victims of sexual assault, we can then examine what can be done on the part of the church communities to make their resources more welcoming and helpful to victims. For victims of traumatic events, often times disclosing the event can feel just as traumatic. Because of this sensitivity, respondents will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

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Resources and Responses to Sexual Assault by Christian Faith Communities

Weyerhaeuser 305

Churches are seen as places of refuge and safety from emotional turmoil, but are they sought out when people face emotional and physical trauma? We are interested in investigating the relationship between victims of sexual assault and their church communities. We will be researching the experiences had by victims of sexual assault when disclosing to church communities, as well as the resources made available by churches. Church communities can be an institution of support, and increased religiosity can help with recovery from traumatic events. This is important because if we find information leading us to believe that churches are not fulfilling the needs of victims of sexual assault, we can then examine what can be done on the part of the church communities to make their resources more welcoming and helpful to victims. For victims of traumatic events, often times disclosing the event can feel just as traumatic. Because of this sensitivity, respondents will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.