Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions

Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions

by Tracy J. Trothen

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Overview

Shattering the Illusion is the first book to gather and comparatively analyze policies addressing child sexual abuse complaints in a selection of religious institutions in Canada. Although there is a substantial body of literature regarding Christianity and sexual abuse, very little of it focuses on religious institutions in Canada and their respective policies.

In the foreword, Tracey J. Trothen summarizes the Cornwall Inquiry, out of which this book arose. She then examines the Roman Catholic Church, The United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church, the Mennonite Church, Islam, and the Canadian Unitarian Council/Unitarian Universalist Association, describing in detail the evolution and particular content of policies and procedures that address child sexual abuse complaints directed at paid and volunteer faith community representatives and/ or leaders. She identifies differences and common themes among the approaches taken by the institutions and provides a summary table for an accessible comparative overview.

Child sexual abuse is not new, but the emergence of policies to address abuse complaints within religious institutions is. This book identifies significant and shared causal factors behind the emergence of policy and reviews their content carefully. This review will serve as a significant tool for furthering the development of such policies.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554584086
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Editions SR
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Tracy J. Trothen is an associate professor of theology and ethics at Queen’s School of Religion, Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of over twenty scholarly publications, including Linking Sexuality and Gender: Naming Violence against Women in The United Church of Canada (WLU Press, 2003). Her more recent publications are concerned with the intersections of sport, technology, and religion.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Shattering the Illusion: Child Sexual Abuse and Canadian Religious Institutions by Tracy J. Trothen

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Child Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions

Research Methods

Overview of the Chapters

2. The Roman Catholic Church in Canada

Church Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1960–1980

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1981–1991

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1992–2009

Chapter Summary

3: The United Church of Canada

Church Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1960–1980

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1981–1991

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1992–2009

Chapter Summary

4. The Anglican Church in Canada

Church Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1960–1980

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1981–1991

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1992–2009

Chapter Summary

5. The Mennonite Church in Canada

Church Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1960–1980

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1981–1991

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1992–2009

Chapter Summary

6. Islam in Canada

Institutional Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse, Including Relevant Statements, Policies. and Practices: 1960–2009

Educational Work

Chapter Summary

7. The Canadian Unitarian Council/The Unitarian Universalist Association

Church Structure and Description of the Context

Approach to Child Sexual Abuse Including Relevant Statements, Policies, and Practices: 1960–2009

Complaints of Child Sexual Abuse and Complaints by Adults of Historical Childhood Sexual Abuse

Chapter Summary

8. Gathering the Pieces

Themes and Historical Shifts

Relevant Differences Between the Identified Religious Institutions

Future Directions

Summary Table

Notes

Index

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