The impact of culture on sexual abuse issues is only beginning to be understood. In minority populations, sexual abuse can be overlooked - or survivors can be inappropriately treated - because of cultural or linguistic misunderstandings, racism or homophobia. This volume contains culture-specific chapters that consider ways in which cultural norms can be used to protect children and promote healing from sexual abuse.
Chapter 7: Seventh Day Adventists and Sexual Child Abuse
Seventh Day Adventists and Sexual Child Abuse
In this chapter, I will discuss some of the reasons I believe that Seventh Day Adventists (and by inference, other evangelical religions) have high rates of sexual child abuse. I will also describe some of the factors that maintain secrecy around sexual abuse in our community, treatment issues, and ways of strengthening the community for prevention and healing. Background information about the church and Adventist culture will be followed by suggestions for prevention and treatment, as well as case histories that shed light on relevant issues.
Adventist History and Culture
I am a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, a convert. I have chosen to belong to a church that believes in the divinity ...