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Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families

Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Heitritter , Jeanette Vought

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How do we minister to victims of sexual abuse? It's a difficult problem for Christian communities. This solidly biblical and sensitive guide is packed full of helpful information that provides a valuable perspective on how abuse affects children and the family dynamics that play into its development. As well, readers will also discover practical tools that can lead adult victims into full recovery in Christ. Required reading for everyone who wants to bring meaningful ministry to those affected by sexual abuse.

About the Author

Lynn Heitritter, R.N., Ph.D., has been a faculty associate in Marriage and Family Studies at Bethel Theological Seminary and was the founder and former director of Becomers Sexual Abuse Support Group Program. Lynn and her husband divide their time between South Africa and Minnesota. Jeanette Vought, Ph.D., is the executive director and founder of Christian Recovery Center. She is a licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed social worker, and a certified criminal justice specialist. She and her husband make their home in Minnesota.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Jun 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B858A1C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful 3 Jun 2009
By James Hawkins - Published on
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I appreciated this book for the incite it can give to a skilled helper. It helped me see into the world of someone who has suffered from sexual abuse even though I myslef have never been. The authors did an outstanding job at peering into the images and messages that are acquired as a result of having suffered such an emotionally, and spiritually damaging act as sexual abuse. As a Christain counselor I aprreciate how the authors highlighted the truth of God's Word in setting the tone for true healing. I have used this with one client an have had great success in making them feel understood, and in helping them see hope.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best sexual abuse recovery book I've read 8 Aug 2010
By D. Logue - Published on
I've had to read more than my fair share of these books in my field of study, and many books have inflated "fear mongering" statistics and a lot of misinformation on the nature of sexual abuse based upon cultural and media bias. This book is opposite. This book very accurately describes abusers as a homogeneous group rather than the trench coat wearing dirty old man image we conjure up when we think of sex offenders. In order to prevent sexual abuse, we must recognize the reality of sexual abuse, not the myths society believes about it. The facts is, most sexual abuse occurs in the home by trusted friends or family members. Not all are pedophiles. There are a variety of reasons why people commit sex crimes. Thankfully this book recognizes this fact, unlike many other books I've read on the subject.

Another good point made by this book is understanding what it REALLY means to "forgive" the offender. It is NOT excusing, not punishing him/ her, or forgetting the pain caused. Forgiveness is about not allowing the past to dictate your life any longer.

Most importantly, recover is a PROCESS, not one single event that instantly transforms you. I think many times we base our faith on those "miracle" stories we see on TV, when the reality is most of us continue to struggle even after we are saved.

This book offers a nine-step recovery process for abuse victims, and the steps address many of the feeling abuse victims endure as a result of the abuse they suffered.

The only things I feel should be addressed in the future if they revise this book again is the impact of sex offender laws in regard to barriers to treatment. The harsh nature of many sex offender laws offer incentives for family members to keep mum about the abuse or risk losing a loved one for life.
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent a great tool for counselors of sexual abuse. 29 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on
This is an excellent textbook for those going into the counseling ministry. I not only enjoyed the book but gleaned alot of helpful information.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By HeHumbled - Published on
Us "survivors" of sexual abuse are members of a fraternity nobody would want to join; let alone be members of, through no fault of our own. The authors didn't just go to school and learn a bunch of book stuff and then write another book, although obviously, their research is exhaustive, and appreciated. Beyond the knowledge is their heart to help. The statistics on how pervasive sexual abuse of children is is more than staggering. Jeanette Vought went on to establish Christian Recovery Center, founded on Jeremiah 29:11 FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU DECLARES THE LORD; PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE. i cannot recommend this enough or too much. THANK GOD for people like these authors out there who care SO MUCH that they actually MAKE HELPING SURVIVORS THEIR LIFE'S WORK.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed 14 Nov 2010
By Stephen M. DePauw - Published on
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this book is very informative and can help those that have a hard time wrapping their brains around the 12 steps to help with their past abuse.
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