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Spiritual Healing from Sexual Violence
An Intersectional Guide

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ISBN 9781032334950
May 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Spiritual Healing from Sexual Violence: An Intersectional Guide is a collection of essays from survivors, scholars, activists, spiritual leaders, and social justice practitioners that offers numerous intersectional and culturally competent options for women, men, and non-binary conforming adults to create their own safe healing conditions and establish pathways for recovery. These chapters provide a wide range of survival stories that raise awareness of the issues involved in healing after sexual assault and also provide inspiration for reforming negative societal issues and patterns. In a classroom setting, these chapters deliver both the culturally grounded knowledge and the skillsets necessary for recovery.

This is a vital guide for students and practitioners in counseling, social work, theology, and gender studies.

Table of Contents

1. A Sacred Trust: The Spiritual Community’s Duty  2.  Empowering Prayer: Liberating Liturgy as a Tool for Healing  3. Clergy Sexual Abuse and Moral Injury: The Impact on Students  4. LGBTQIA+ Healing with God’s Nonlinear Nonbinary Love  5. Somatic Spirituality for Those Traumatized by Sexual Objectification  6.  Deconstruction and Reclamation: A Black Woman’s Healing Journey  7. A Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience  8. Latinas: Their Trauma-Releasing Ancestral Traditions and Rituals  9. Healing with Maa: A Shakti Bhaktic Approach to Healing  10. Nature as Muse: Spiritual Healing Through Nature, Art, and Dreams  11. Woman God, Woman Christ: The Healing Power of Divine Intimacy  12.  Reclaiming the Divine on the Road to Recovery

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Debra Meyers, PhD, is a professor of history, gender studies, and religious studies at Northern Kentucky University.

Rev. Mary Sue Barnett is a priest (ARCWP), founder of the Louisville Coalition for CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), and a mental health hospital chaplain.


"Spiritual Healing from Sexual Violence approaches healing from sexual violence from an intersectional perspective that brings forth the voices of people with BOTH lived experience and professional training. It is also an act of antiracism in that contributing authors are from BIPOC communities. Additionally, it integrates religion and spirituality and helps the reader grapple with the complexities of our intersectional social identities and the ways in which those inform our experiences and approaches to intervention with and support of survivors."  Tammy Hatfield, PhD, professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of the Cumberlands, Kentucky, USA

"Spiritual Healing from Sexual Violence encompasses spirituality as both a destructive and healing means. For many this will make the book more appealing and broad reaching. This book, I believe, will resonate with some survivors for whom more traditional talk therapy has not proved as effective."  Miriam Duignan, head of communication at the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, UK

"What’s fascinating for readers about using Spiritual Healing from Sexual Violence is the intersectional, interdisciplinary ways of thinking. There is so much about which readers can become more curious when the various themes touch their humanity from different perspectives. The themes chosen for each chapter in this book are engaging, and each chapter turns the prism of understanding."  Marge Kloos, pastoral care professor emeritus, University of Mount St. Joseph, Ohio, USA