Forgotten Victims of Sex Abusers

For Spouses, Families, Friends, and Parishioners

By William F. Kraft

Forgotten Victims of Sex Abusers

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  • ISBN: 9781725255708
  • Pages: 110
  • Publication Date: 3/11/2020
  • Retail Price: $17.00
Web Price: $13.60
Web Price: $13.60

Forgotten Victims of Sex Abusers

For Spouses, Families, Friends, and Parishioners

By William F. Kraft

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725255708
  • Pages: 110
  • Publication Date: 3/11/2020
  • Retail Price: $17.00
Web Price: $13.60

About-

This book honors the courageous sex victims who exposed their abusers. The spotlight, and rightly so, has been on them and their predators. William Kraft contends, however, that little attention and help has been given to those who unknowingly knew a sex offender, people such as spouses, family friends, and parishioners—the unintended victims.

Kraft gives these forgotten and silent victims a voice. He recognizes, listens, and responds to people who trusted, often admired, and perhaps loved a sex offender—the shocked woman whose husband is found guilty of sexual assault, the stunned parents and disillusioned parishioners of a pedophile priest, the lost man of an unfaithful wife, and the depressed parent of a promiscuous child. Kraft wants us to cease forgetting these victims and offer them help.

His proposal is that sex abusers cause severe and lasting harm because their defilement is not only physical but also emotional, social, and most importantly spiritual because abusers violate bonds such as trust, fidelity, and love. Thus, Kraft offers concrete psychological and spiritual ways to achieve effective management and healing.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“This book is a spiritual work of mercy. Dr. Kraft draws from rare expertise and decades of experience as he names the suffering—the shame, sorrow, and rage—of many long-neglected victims. This book can mark the beginning of healing, in hearts and minds and in communities.”

—Mike Aquilina, author of Yours Is the Church



“Dr. Kraft compassionately writes a spiritually directed understanding of silent victims whose lives are changed by the actions of their loved one. His approach provides hope and empowerment through a healing process. . . . Forgotten victims do not forget, and they are not alone. This book offers choice, freedom, connection, and closure to those who have been paralyzed by silence.”

—Jennifer A. Regester, Clinical Director, Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania



“An excellent tool for victims to read! Dr. Kraft describes how victims need to create their own playing field, rules, and boundaries to replace co-dependently participating in the abuser’s game and their irrational and destructive logic. Dr. Kraft provides considerable insight for the victim on how to take care of and love themselves in order to become free from an abuser’s emotional and physical control.”

—Ron Barnes, Executive Director, Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Contributors-

William F. Kraft

Bio(s)-

William F. Kraft is Professor Emeritus at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, author of many books and articles, licensed therapist, international speaker, consultant to religious dioceses and congregations, and an advocate for abused persons.

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