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Monday, January 13, 2020

When Restoration Hurts

When Restoration Hurts
Christian counselors grapple with how to encourage reconciliation while protecting victims.
Rebecca Randall with reporting by Kimi Harris
In 2002, Amanda sat at a Christian counseling office in Indiana with an assignment in front of her. She was supposed to list the ways she had been blessed by her father, who had been sexually abusing her for years. She was a hopeful 17-year-old looking for help.
It was not the family’s first encounter with counseling for her father’s behavior. Earlier, he had confessed the abuse to another counselor, who notified Child Protective Services and encouraged him to report himself to the police. ...
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