It is said that the true test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. As many as one in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse during childhood, and it's estimated that as many as half of the incidents are never reported. This means that countless millions in our societies, both children and adults, carry this complex, often hidden pain.
What does the path to healing look like for survivors? And how can ministry leaders, pastors, and counselors best help them as they walk this difficult road? Drawing on both his own experience and his wife's experience as survivors of childhood sexual abuse, minister and lecturer Tim Hein offers his expertise, practical guidance, and empathy both for ministry leaders and for survivors themselves.
How can we best respond when a survivor shares their secret with us? Where can survivors turn for encouragement when the road to recovery seems so long and lonely? Hein presents clinical data and resources alongside pastoral wisdom and care, addressing both psychological and spiritual aspects of sexual abuse.
Both for those who have suffered sexual abuse and those in a position to help them, this book is a rich resource. Filled with both sober truths and the hope of Christ, it calls survivors to take courage and walk unafraid down the road of healing.
What listeners say about Understanding Sexual Abuse
- Reynaldo Alvarenga
Excellent book for a sensitive topic.
Loved the insights. Sent it to my pastors to read too!
It was powerful to listen to the ways that helped and didn't help you both heal. As a survivor myself, I do think it would help me heal if I finally went to counseling after all these years.
Keep speaking truth to dark places.
- Jacquie Dunbar
Engaging and Soothing
Beautiful book for all survivors of trauma not just sexual abuse. Well researched and informative.