Friday, April 13, 2012

Book Beginnings: Understanding the Abuse of Adults

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author.

Leave a link to your post.  If you don't have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.


Awareness of the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy within the Catholic Church moved to the forefront at the beginning of this century.
--  Understanding the Abuse of Adults by Catholic Clergy and Religious by Kathryn R, Byrne.

In my law practice at O'Donnell Clark & Crew, I work with many people who were abused as children by clergy and other trusted adults.  I do not usually work with people who were sexually abused as adults, which is what this book addresses.  I am interested to learn more. 


  1. I have a book beginning today from Doug Peacock's Walking It Off. Thanks for hosting!

  2. My Book Beginnings post is here:

    It doesn't look like Katy @ A Few More Pages has blogged anything since turning this meme over to you. Do we need to find someone else to host this? You can contact me at

    emerging DOT paradigm AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Julia: Thanks! I added your link now that Mr. Linky is there.

    Bonnie: No, I am really hosting. I just had pre-scheduduled several posts and then forgot to change them! Done now. So they are all going to work just fine going forward.

    Laurel-Rain Snow: ME! See my comment to Bonnie, above.

  4. I think this is the first time I've seen the meme! I linked mine.
    Understanding the Abuse of Adults sounds interesting.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    It seems perfectly clear that you are hosting this meme and doing a great job of it, thanks for taking over the reins.

    I'm afraid that I couldn't read your book this week, no matter how strong its opening lines were. It would just be too emotional, upsetting when I read about the individual stories of distress and pure unadulterated anger and hatred towards the clergy concerned. I certainly wouldn't even consider having to have any dealings with the perpetrators of such heinous crimes, I take my hat off to you.

    My first lines are of a much more frivolous nature:

    Have a good weekend,


  6. It isn't an easy book to read.
    Rape (in adults) is (I think so) the only one crime that "judge" the victims...

  7. I just came across this meme today and thought I would participate. I just linked my post.

    Your book sounds like an intense read.

  8. That is a very hot topic and does not seem like it will go away anytime soon. The days of sweeping it under the rug are gone.

  9. Sounds like an intense and emotional read! I just linked mne.


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