Identity, forgiveness and power in the management of child sexual abuse by personnel in Christian Institutions

Death, Jodi (2013) Identity, forgiveness and power in the management of child sexual abuse by personnel in Christian Institutions. International Journal for Crime and Justice, 2(1), pp. 82-97.

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The ongoing crises of child sexual abuse by Christian institutions leaders across the Anglophone world continue to attract public attention and public inquiries. The pervasiveness of this issue lends credence to the argument that the prevailing ethos functioning within some Christian Institutions is one which exercises influence to repeatedly mismanage allegations of child sexual abuse by Church leaders. This work draws on semistructured interviews conducted with 15 Personnel in Christian Institutions (PICIs) in Australia who were identified as being pro-active in their approach to addressing child sexual abuse by PICIs. From these data, themes of power and forgiveness are explored through a Foucaultian conceptualising of pastoral power and ‘truth’ construction. Forgiveness is viewed as a discourse which can have the power effect of either silencing or empowering victim/survivors. The study concludes that individual PICIs’ understandings of the role ofpower in their praxis influences outcomes from the deployment of forgiveness.

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ID Code: 59567
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Child Sexual Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Identity, Forgiveness, Pastoral Power
ISSN: 2201-3784
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Jodi Death
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 00:31
Last Modified: 20 May 2013 02:16

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