AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractListen to the voices of trauma. Can you hear their cry? Their pain exudes emotional blood from psychic pores. Nights are broken by frightening intrusions from ghosts of the past. Bodies hold memories, secrets and scars locked into sinew, glands and neurons; weary souls of the abyss, seeking peace in their souls (Wilson 2003a, in Sanderson, 2006 p.66). This chapter appears to be really timely when we take into consideration what has been so prominent in the news over recent years about the level of abuse perpetrated by celebrities; one celebrity in particular. The high profile nature of this abuse and over what period this abuse took place, can impact the individual’s ability to move forward from the abuse. The high profile nature of what has been in the news has had a knock on effect for individuals who have been abused to come forward and disclose the abuse. Therefore in this chapter I will be addressing the effects of sexual abuse on an individual’s spirituality; the impact that abuse has on the person: not just on the person but on those who would seek to accompany them to find ’peace’. In my experience it is difficult to actually listen to the voices of ‘trauma and pain’ without being inextricably changed by that experience
CitationSwinton, V. (2016). Spirituality and Sexual Abuse. In Peter Madsen Gubi (eds) What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other, Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. London: Karnac Books.
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