A timely case study, designed as a blueprint for congregations on preventing and finding effective solutions for sexual abuse against congregants by clergy.
In her characteristically direct and forthright style, Marie Fortune tells the shocking true story of a scandal that took place in a typical church in an average city. It should never have occurred, but its telling helped to focus the national spotlight on a serious problem that is more pervasive than any of us would like to believe.
"Fortune has written a powerful narrative that will help put an end to the institutional denial of sexual abuse in church communities." --Laura Davis, author ofThe Courage to Heal Workbook
"Marie Fortune addresses with frankness but without cynicism what once might have been considered unthinkable: the betrayal by pastors of those in their care through sexual exploitation....She should be thanked for her courage and balance in tackling this troubling problem." --Christianity Today
"A practical and ultimately hopeful book." --Daughters of Sarah
"Provides the encouragement women need to come forth with their own stories and creates a stronger base for institutational reform and justice on this largely hidden issue." --The Christian Century