In their helpful book on abuse in the church, Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood give an outline of what typically (and sadly!) happens when a victim goes to her pastor for help. In other words, the following is an outline of how abuse is sometimes swept under the rug in Christian churches. Why am I posting this? Basically, I want Christians (especially elders and pastors) to be aware that abuse can and does hide in churches. I also want to point out this helpful resource for those needing some guidance on the topic of abuse in the church. (Note: since victims of abuse are often women, the authors use a woman in this example, but they make it clear elsewhere that sometimes men are the victims as well). I’ve edited a bit for the purpose of this blog:
1) Victim reports abuse to her pastor.
2) Pastor does not believe…
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