Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment

A spiritual upbringing is not always a nurturing experience for a child. In fact, many children are abused and neglected by those who believe their actions are mandated by their faith. Examples include failing to report sexual abuse to protect the image of a faith leader or community, physical abuse due to beliefs about "biblical chastisement," denial of medial care due to beliefs about faith healing, and spurning and terrorizing using religious messages.

This symposium aims to help teach students and the broader community about the little-discussed issue of religious child maltreatment. Numerous experts in the fields of faith, journalism, and child protection, as well as a survivor will explain how religious child maltreatment happens and what we can do to stop it.

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Co-sponsored by Center for Ethics and Leadership, Center for Religion and Culture, Campus Ministry and Health & Counseling Center.