Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
abuse, cycle, guide, healing, offender, victim
Counseling | Other Psychology | Practical Theology
Johnson, Teresa, "The Unspoken Truth: A Practical Guide for Pastors, Helping Abusers Break the Cycle of Sexual Abuse" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1032.
For years, men, women and children have suffered silently as a result of sexual abuse. The abuser suffers and the cycle continues. Destroying the silence of sexual abuse is the beginning of breaking the cycle. Research has shown that the abuse goes far beyond the actual act and causes physical, emotional, and psychological damage. This project will investigate and encourage open discussion, address the abuse, and give valuable insight to the causes and consequences of sexual abuse. This project will offer prescriptive and preventative measures to all parties involved, in an effort to heal and stop sexual abuse. Through research based on surveys to churches throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, the author will present a practical guide for helping abusers break the cycle. The sexual abuse cycle can be stopped and prevented through pastoral counseling techniques to assist both the abuser and the abused.