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Jennifer Cisney: Healing From the Pain of Sexual Assault

The author’s inclusion of internet “Resources for Rape/Sexual Assault” victims provides important information for practitioners of ministry as well as for victims and their spouses and families.

“I am passionate about helping survivors of rape heal, recover and reclaim the life, relationships, and sexuality God intends them to have. I feel this way not just because I have clients who have been raped, but because I am a survivor of rape.” This statement best describes the reasons for the article’s power and the high level of expertise expressed. All those in pastoral ministry, pastoral counseling, as well as seminarians and seminary faculties would be well-served indeed to carefully study the article, the resources provided, and to heed the directives provided when ministering healing and restoration to victims of sexual assault. Jennifer Cisney’s clarion call to ecclesial leaders to face the challenge in providing competent and effective ministerial care and counsel to victims of sexual assault contains essential and excellent information that, if applied to real life needs, has the potential to result in healing and wholeness for those deeply wounded by trauma.

Reviewed by Mara Lief Crabtree


Read the full article at: [available as of July 7, 2014]


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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2010

About the Author: Mara Lief Crabtree, D.Min. (Wesley Theological Seminary), MPS (Loyola University, New Orleans), MA (Regent University), is Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Women’s Studies at Regent University School of Divinity. Ordained in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, she serves as a Tidewater Chapter Chaplain and Region II US Representative for Virginia Chapters in the International Order of St. Luke. Faculty page. Faculty blog.

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