Ritual Abuse and Recovery: Survivors' Personal Accounts

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Spring 1995
Title
Ritual Abuse and Recovery: Survivors' Personal Accounts
Abstract

In the Fall, 1992 issue, the Journal of Psychology and Theology presented several facets of the discussion regarding ritual abuse from perspectives in the mental health community. Since then the discussion has continued to develop both in the media circulated within the mental health professions and in the public audience media. Heated debate on several points continues among Christian mental health professionals as well. The ultimate focus of our concern as therapists and counselors is helping people who are hurting. Although we must discuss particular psychological phenomena and specific therapeutic interventions, at the core of our discussion must be placed the person. However, accounts from clients'€™ perspectives are not highly available in the debates on the topic of ritual abuse, except to those professionals who work directly with such clients. Therefore, the discussion is likely to be advanced by the accounts included in this article. This presentation deviates somewhat from the norm for this Journal because the accounts are authored by individuals who are neither mental health professionals nor theologians. The two accounts included are not case studies because they have been written from the perspective of the abuse survivor rather than from the perspective of the therapist. However, both authors have obtained post-baccalaureate degree credentials and maintain professional careers. So the presentations are especially well-written and clearly articulated. Noteworthy is the fact that these accounts were not easily obtained nor easily written. Although four people indicated a willingness to submit personal accounts, only these two were received in a period of 18 months. Both of the authors also indicated that they found it difficult to write their accounts. It was difficult to put onto paper such intense experiences, and it was difficult to do so for a scholarly and potentially skeptical audience. However, both authors also indicated that they felt a responsibility to make their personal accounts available to this particular audience in the chance that more people like themselves would be helped. It is their sincere desire that God use this material to benefit his children and further his work in the world.

Authors
Dr. P.L. Pike and R.J.(Eds.). Mohline
Pages
45 - 55
Price
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