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Abuse

Whether sexual, physical, emotional, or spiritual, abuse has impacted nearly every area of church life and ministry. Catholic churches have been scandalized to learn of priests’ abuse of young children. Abuse allegations have shaken ministries and megachurches, schools for missionaries’ children and marriages between committed Christians. Victims seek restitution, forgiveness, and healing. Apologies by perpetrators and the organizations they worked for can help victims heal, as can sharing their stories to raise public awareness and prevent such abuses in the future.

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    • Rape case pits Indiana woman against her church
      Silvia Gameros alleges that employees of the Diocese of Evansville failed to protect her developmentally disabled daughter during an overnight retreat. (Indianapolis Star)
    • Salvation Army forced to defend handling of child sex complaints
      The Salvation Army has had 473 complaints about abuse in its Victorian children's homes, has spent nearly $20 million so far settling them and could give no explanation of how predators got away with it for so long - but it denied there had been a culture of abuse (The Age, Australia)

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