With child abuse, spirituality is a double-edged sword
Churches provide hope and strength for victims, but all too often they are where the abuse actually takes place
The same sacred spaces where children often fall prey to sexual predators can also be places of healing when used in the proper way.
American gender violence activist Victor Vieth said in an attempt to cope with trauma after being sexually violated, children who had a spiritual attachment often actively turned to it for “hope”.
He was speaking at the University of Pretoria’s department of early childhood education on violence and abuse on Tuesday...