Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse

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"Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse offers a multifaceted discussion of a difficult issue, covering diagnosis, treatment, and prevention as well as spiritual, moral, and philosophical/ethical considerations." Dr. William Backus, author of Telling the Truth to Troubled People

"Heitritter and Vought have done an enormous service in demonstrating the extent of the problem in the local church-They give practical, tested advice about ministry to survivors of sexual abuse-Required reading for pastors, lay leaders and others who work everyday with victims of sexual abuse." Dale S. Ryan, executive director of The Recovery Partnership Foundation, Whittier, California

"This book uncovers the problem, points us to a solution that has history behind it it works! It's biblical, it's practical, while still providing a way to process all the inner turmoil and confusion that the victim experiences." Dave Carder, Counseling Ministries, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California

"A complete guide to the psychological, social, spiritual,-needs of both victims and their families as well as those who work with them. This book meets Christian pastors and layleaders at one of the areas of greatest ignorance, misunderstanding, and need for practical guidance." Nils C. Friberg, Professor of Pastoral Care, Bethel Theological Seminary

Nine steps to mental, emotion and spiritual wholeness.

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"Heitritter and Vought have done the Christian community an enormous service by demonstrating the extent of the problem in the local church and by providing practical, tested strategies for ministry with survivors. This should be required reading for pastors, lay leaders and others who interact with victims of sexual abuse." Dale S. Ryan, Director, Fuller Institute for Recovery Ministry CEO, Christian Recovery International

"Heitritter and Vought have given the Christian community one of the most comprehensive, practical, and Christ-centered volumes available on this painful subject. This truly is a must read for pastors as well as for professional and lay care-givers of any kind. I recommend it highly." Sandra D. Wilson., PhD., Seminary professor, retired family therapist, and author of Released From Shame and Into Abba's Arms.

About the Author:

Dr. Jeanette Vought, Ph.D., is the Executive Director and Founder of the Christian Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Licensed Practicing Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Social Worker and holds her Certificate as a Criminal Justice Specialist.

Vought has written Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse with Lynn Heitritter, R.N., as a sensitive, biblical guide for counselors, abuse victims and their families. It is a tool designed to assist the Christian community and Church administer the healing power of God's grace.

Former president of the Minnesota Chapter of the North American Christians in Social Work national board, Vought has extensive experience in counseling, social work and group home coordinating. She is presently teaching and conducting workshops on issues such as sexual abuse, domestic abuse, crisis pregnancy, port-abortion, and other sensitive social issues.

Vought and her husband have four grown sons and make their home in Minnesota.

Lynn Heitritter, RN, PH.D., is Faculty Associate in Marriage and Family Studies at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the Founder and former Director of the BECOMERS Sexual Abuse Support Group Program. She is a licensed Parent and Family Educator in the state of Minnesota. Together with her husband and her children, Heitritter has provided licensed foster care to physically and sexually abused adolescents.

Emphasizing strategies for abuse prevention, Heitritter conducts family wellness workshops and presents seminare to equip clergy and lay persons in acquiring skills needed to breat cycles of shame in family systems and church systems. Concurrently, she teaches seminary courses in marriage and familiy therapy and pastoral care.

Heitritter and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnsota, and have two adult daughters.

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