The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence

The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence

by Monica A. Coleman
     
 

Sexual violence is rarely discussed in church, despite the rising incidents of rape, sexual assault, molestation and incest. The Dinah Project, which gets its name from Genesis 34 - the rape of Dinah, Jacob's daughter - was borne out of the author's decision to start healing through the church after being raped. The result is this book and an entire ministry

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Overview

Sexual violence is rarely discussed in church, despite the rising incidents of rape, sexual assault, molestation and incest. The Dinah Project, which gets its name from Genesis 34 - the rape of Dinah, Jacob's daughter - was borne out of the author's decision to start healing through the church after being raped. The result is this book and an entire ministry program to assist churches in responding to sexual violence.

The Dinah Project describes programmatic ways in which a local church can respond to the crisis of sexual violence in the community. By sharing the lessons of one church, this book proposes detailed methods for instituting a church program. The Dinah Project provides church activities ranging from providing resources for members to ways to organize a full-time church ministry, and many stages in between. Topics include planning worship services, conducting community education workshops, working with local agencies, establishing a board of directors and holding therapy groups at the church. With checklists, forms and detailed explanations, this user-friendly book guides any interested individual from basic information about sexual violence to tips on budgeting for programs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901608994372
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Preface
1Invocation1
2The church's problem3
3Dinah's project6
4Some basic information10
5Doing your homework17
6Getting organized23
7Saying "rape" in the sanctuary : worship30
8Go tell it on the mountain : community education43
9Weep with those who weep : group counseling50
10It's my body and I'll cry if I want to : images of body and sexuality64
11Why didn't God stop it? Suffering and evil78
12Getting over it : forgiveness89
13Time, prayer, and grace98
App. ADoing your homework : where to get information103
App. BGetting organized : job descriptions and other resources110
App. CSaying "rape" in the sanctuary : worship service aids115
App. DGo tell it on the mountain : community education resources134
App. EWeep with those who weep : forms for group counseling149
App. F: Master checklist165
Notes171
Bibliography175

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