religious-child-maltreatmentReligion can be a source of comfort, strength, and inspiration for young people. But it can also mask deviant and harmful behavior on the part of adults engaging with children. High-profile cases such as those of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and “faith healing” medical neglect deaths in fundamentalist congregations have made the public aware of such problems.

But the issue is far more dangerous and widespread than most people realize.

Now there is a book that exposes this dark side of faith, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books). Written by award-winning journalist and Child-Friendly Faith Project founder Janet HeimlichBreaking Their Will explains how to identify religious child maltreatment and its risk factors, as well as how to prevent it.

In Breaking Their Will, Ms. Heimlich makes a compelling case that the maltreatment of children under the cloak of religion should never be justified or tolerated.


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