Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Beginnings: When Priests Become Predators

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The sad exposition of the struggle for justice against the Roman Catholic Church in Delaware begins with the funeral of Douglas McClure, who was the nicest person I have ever known.

-- When Priests Become Predators: Profiles of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors by Thomas S. Neuberger.

This isn't light reading, but it is an honest and sadly fascinating study of the effects of childhood sexual abuse as well as the history of abuse within the Catholic Church. Neuberger used sworn testimony from jury trials and court documents to tell the stories of several abuse survivors.

I work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  So often, the most important step in their healing is just to be able to tell their story.  Neuberger's book recognizes the power of coming forward and letting go of the shame so many victims have carried since they were kids. 

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