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Why Faith Matters: Responding to Sexual Violence and Abuse: A Handbook for Advocates and Allies

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Published Date
January, 2019

A multi-faith handbook for advocates and allies. Spirituality and religion may be essential aspects of a victim's/ survivor's life and identity. This handbook, written for advocates, addresses key questions and issues that may arise in the aftermath of sexual violence and abuse and offers ways for advocates and allies to support survivors.

Written with the insights from religious leaders and scholars, practitioners, advocates, and survivors, Why Faith Matters is a vital resource for culturally sensitive and respectful advocacy. Visit FaithTrust's Why Faith Matters playlist on YouTube to watch videos from advocates and spiritual leaders responding to ways that advocates can recognize and respond to survivors' spiritual questions and needs. This handbook was supported by a grant from RALIANCE Foundation.