Understanding the Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse: Betrayal and Recovery

(Robert McMackin). Routledge, 2009.

This volume examines clergy sexual abuse from several angles based on a series of conversations with abuse survivors, combining their stories with insight from experts in social work, psychology, religion, and other fields.


survivor perspectives, how abuse affects religious beliefs and communities, psychosocial dimensions of abuse, survivor treatment and justice interventions

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, therapists, and judicatory personnel


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Form a support group for survivors by reading the first and last part of the book about survivor perspectives, survivor treatment, and justice interventions.
  • Gain a better understanding of the unique "traumatic impact" of clergy abuse by learning from the stories of survivors in addition to the psychosocial dimensions of abuse.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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