Adult sexual abuse in religious institutions

Xulon Press offers a study into sexual abuse within the church.

The Church Needs to Wake Up and Address Issues of Sexual Abuse Within its Ranks

Xulon Press offers a study into sexual abuse within the church.


Reverend Anne Stephenson offers educational information to anyone affected by a sexual scandal in Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions: Faith Seeks Understanding ($13.99, paperback, 9781498477079; $6.99, e-book, 9781498477086).  As reports of abuse surface, many religious leaders and laypeople will benefit from her research and insight.


Stephenson addresses the issues that sexual abuse victims face, as well as guiding them to the support they need.  She also discusses the response she believes the church should make to the offender.


The wider community is alarmed by the way the Church has handled sexual abuse. It is thought it involved men and boys but the issue is much wider than that. Both genders can be involved in abuse as offenders and as victims. It is a matter of power and control, not of sexuality,” said Stephenson.


Anne Stephenson is now retired from parish ministry and offers ministry to victims of abuse in regard to clergy sexual misconduct. She has three children and two grandchildren.




Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date. Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions is available online through,, and


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