By Lisa Oakley; Kathryn Kinmond
Providing a stability of empirical examine and sensible matters, this publication explores the definitions and historic context of religious abuse, outlines a technique version for different levels of non secular abuse and contains concepts for therapists operating with survivors of non secular abuse.
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As such, the impact of non-adherence and/or criticism could be akin to spiritual suicide in that it would reject the very essence of faith. I am arguing that Biblical discourses are reconstructed in the abusive context into abusive discourses. The use of these discourses allows the abusive behaviour reported in the narratives. This chapter will now explore these biblical discourses and extrapolate the manner in which power is exercised and misused through them. There is an absence of any discussion of discourse in the published literature outside the authors’ work.
Any question will promote negative reﬂection on the questioner. The individual will commonly ﬁnd that they have raised a problem and have now ‘become the problem’ (Parsons, 2000; Arterburn & Felton, 2001). Concern about the attribution of the label of ‘trouble maker’ may result in individuals denying the abuse in the system as a method of self-protection (Appleton, 2003). Individuals may fear the personal blame that will follow any question or disagreement. They therefore fail to speak out and, thus, enter into self-censorship.
The most prevalent and personally damaging of these will now be explored. 26 Breaking the Silence on Spiritual Abuse Accountability Accountability is an element of many survivors’ experiences of SA, which are characterised by the abused being accountable whilst the abuser is not. Individuals’ behaviour is controlled through the requirement for accountability, often needing to explain their whereabouts or including their abuser in decision making. ’ In some ways this requirement for accountability echoes the principles of the heavy shepherding movement, discussed in Chapter 1.