Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families  Churches, By Dr. R. Timothy Kearney
Caring for Sexually Abused Children
  • Length: 139 pages
  • Published: April 17, 2001
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2246
  • ISBN: 9780830822461

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Dealing with the sexual abuse of a child is painful and difficult. When it happens to children within our church families, we all are affected and wonder how to respond.

  • What help should we seek?
  • What support can we offer?
  • What healing is possible?
  • What can we do to prevent abuse in the future?

In this warm and hopeful book, R. Timothy Kearney shows how healing, justice, forgiveness, restoration and protection can come through God's people in the Christian community.



When Child Sexual Abuse Intrudes

1. The Facts
Developing a Foundation for Understanding the Problem

2. Beyond "They Did What?"
Recognizing Dealing with Disclosure

3. What Happens Next?
Understanding the Systems Involved

4. How Can the Church Help?
Helping Children Families While Caring for Caregivers

5. What About Therapy?
Choosing the Right Course

6. Why Does God Let This Happen?
Theological Questions Raised By Children Families

7. How Does God Bring Healing?
Methods Manners of Healing for Child Sexual Abuse

8. What Does This Mean Long Term?
The Continuing Impact of the Abuse

9. Could It Happen Here?
Proactive Preparation to Become an Abuse-Aware Church


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Dr. R. Timothy Kearney

Kearney completed his PhD in clinical psychology and MA in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is director of mental health at a community health center in Connecticut.