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The Shelf of Shame: A Book to Avoid

Here’s one for the Shelf of Shame: John Thoburn and Rob Baker’s Clergy Sexual Misconduct: A Systems Approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Oversight (Gentle Path Press, 2011). I’m always interested in finding new materials for the Survivor’s Bookshelf, so I bought this title last month. Unfortunately, the editors focus on the needs of clergy and their families to the exclusion of victims. Worse, with sentences like this one, they seem to hold victims responsible for their own pain: “Both pastors and dioceses may find themselves sued civilly because of a pastor’s sexual conduct toward parishioners, even if that sexual behavior is between consenting adults.” (Emphasis mine. Withering scorn also mine.)
You can read my review here. I had fun writing it; I hope you enjoy reading it. If you find it helpful, please vote! I want Amazon to keep my review up as a warning to survivors who might otherwise see this book as a potential resource in healing.

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