Join us 6/20/13 - Recent news coverage of high profile cases of military sexual assault have highlighted both the dysfunction of reporting mechanisms within the institution and the sheer number of assaults that take place each year. In this one-hour webinar, Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, along with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, will explore the dynamics of sexual assault within the context of the military, with a particular focus on the role of military chaplains. Read more...
5/28/13 Originally posted on Sojourners Magazine website | IN 2002, Anne Barrett Doyle’s church involvement took a radical turn. The Boston Globe had just launched a series investigating rampant abuse among clergy in Boston’s Archdiocese, and the Catholic woman found herself protesting something for the first time in her life: her own Church. “I was just pulled into this story, inextricably, with a force I didn’t understand,” Boston-based Barrett Doyle said. Read more...
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The invisible war of sexual assault of female and male military personnel by their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines continues even as the U.S. Senate holds hearings and presses for substantive changes in the way cases of sexual assault are handled. The Academy Award nominated documentary tells the story of survivors of rape and of an institution long on rhetoric and short on change.
Carie Charlesworth taught school at Holy Trinity Catholic school in San Diego for the past 14 years. Because she is a battered woman with four children, she has been fired. Clearly the problem here is Mr. Charlesworth who has a history of violence, restraining orders and is currently incarcerated. But the consequences of his violence have now been exacerbated for his victim by her employer, a faith-based school.
The convergence of several very interesting situations in recent weeks in Australia reveals the complexity of the institutional responses of churches to child sexual abuse. In response to questions in a Victorian parliamentary inquiry, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Melbourne, said he was “fully apologetic and absolutely sorry” about the years of sexual abuse of children by priests.