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The Astonishing Total of 400,000 Unexamined Rape Kits and One Determined Woman’s Plan to Do Something About It

Article published in alternet.org on May 11, 2016 by Valerie Tarico

Sexual assault turns the victim’s body into a crime scene and the process of evidence gathering—prodding, swabbing and questioning—can take hours. Victims who subject themselves to this ordeal do so in the hope of justice and the hope that the perpetrator will be stopped from hurting anyone else. But over the last 30 years as many as 400,000 rape kits have piled up, untested, in back rooms and storage lockers across the country. Stacked together they would fill a warehouse the size of a football field and three stories tall. Read more

 

What Is It About Religion That Fosters Abuse?

Article published in vice.com on August 5, 2015 by James Nolan

Abuse is still rife in religion. Earlier this year, the Methodist Church of Britain released an “unreserved apology” for failing to protect children and adults, following a report that uncovered 1,885 alleged incidents of abuse in the Church dating back to the 1950s. Ministers and lay employees are said to have been involved in 25 percent of cases, with over half of those involving ministers being of a sexual nature. There are six ongoing police investigations.  Read more

 

The crazy-making in Christianity: Religion’s cycle of self-doubt and self-punishment 

Article published in Salon.com on November 19, 2014 by John W. Loftus

If a former believer says that Christianity made him depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, he is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. He might describe panic attacks about the rapture, moods that swing from ecstasy about God’s overwhelming love to suicidal self-loathing about repeated sins, or an obsession with sexual purity. A symptom like one of these clearly has a religious component, yet many people instinctively blame the victim. They will say that the wounded former believer was prone to anxiety or depression or obsession in the first place — that his Christianity somehow got corrupted by his predisposition to psychological problems.  Read more

 

The Exmormon Conference – Religious Child Maltreatment 

Video published by: Exmormon Foundation on November 19, 2014 by Youtube.com

“Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment”
After learning about notorious clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse scandals and high-profile “faith healing” child-death cases, the public has come to understand that faith communities are not immune to child abuse and neglect. But can religious belief itself contribute to child maltreatment? In her compelling talk, Janet Heimlich will discuss a dark side of faith — religious child maltreatment. She will explain how this form of abuse and neglect damages the lives of young people, which children are at the greatest risk, and what we can do to ensure that a religious upbringing is a nurturing experience for every child. Watch the video here

 

The Internet, Religion, Transparency, and Battling Tyranny

Article published by: Marci A. Hamilton on November 13, 2014 by verdict.justia.com

Reporter Laurie Goodstein wrote a fascinating New York Times front-page story this week on the admissions by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“LDS Church”) regarding their founder, Joseph Smith, and the fact he had approximately 40 wives, one of whom was age 14, and some others of whom were already married to other men. This came as a surprise to numerous LDS believers, who had been taught that Smith was a paradigm of virtue devoted to his first wife, Emma.  Read more

Religious Child Maltreatment – One of the Many Ills of Authoritarian Faith

Article published by: Dan on November 10, 2014 by tfninsider.org

This guest post by Janet Heimlich, founder of the Child-Friendly Faith Project (CFFP), explores the tragic connection that sometimes exists between religion and child maltreatment. Sadly, Texas is no stranger to this problem. The cautionary tale of fundamentalist preacher Lester Roloff and his homes for troubled teens is a case in point. TFN lobbied for years for the Texas Legislature to suspend the alternative (and lenient) licensing program the state maintained for faith-based child care providers like Roloff. That program was finally allowed to expire in 2001, and the Roloff Homes moved out of the state.  Read more

Psychological Harms of Bible-Believing Christianity

Article published by: Valerie Tarico on November 2, 2014 by IEET.org

“I am 30 years old and I am struggling to find sanity. Between the Christian schools, homeschooling, the Christian group home (indoctrinating work camp) and different churches in different cities, I am a psychological, emotional and spiritual mess.”   –A former Evangelical  Read more

 

The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind

Article published: November 1, 2014 by Salon

If a former believer says that Christianity made her depressed, obsessive, or post-traumatic, she is likely to be dismissed as an exaggerator. She might describe panic attacks about the rapture; moods that swung from ecstasy about God’s overwhelming love to suicidal self-loathing about repeated sins; or an obsession with sexual purity. Read more

 

Religious Trauma Syndrome and/or How Dr. Dobson, Billy Graham, Bob Jones, Christianity Today, Wheaton College et al, Do More Harm than Good

Article published: October 31, 2014 by Patheos.com

In my book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace I say “Religion is a neurological disorder, faith is the only cure.” It’s nice to be proved right. I also talk about “certainty addiction.” Again, the article here proves maybe I’m on to something. Read more

 

Social Work Helper  The Adrian Peterson Case: Do Culture and Religion Matter?

Article published: September 26, 2014 by Social Work Helper

While the media seems largely focused on the fact that the Minnesota Vikings finally decided to bench its star running back Adrian Peterson, a more important—and politically incorrect—question needs to be asked: To what extent, if any, did Adrian Peterson’s religious beliefs and cultural background as an African American contribute to him beating and injuring his son? Read more

 

Radio Interview with Janet Heimlich on Religious Child Maltreatment

Interview date: July 23, 2014 by KGNU, Boulder, Colorado

Listen to the radio interview with Janet Heimlich on her book, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child MaltreatmentListen to the podcast here.

Breaking Their Will, A Book Review

Published by Bruce Gerenscer.net on June 11, 2014

Janet Heimlich’s book, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, is a cogent investigation of religious child abuse. Breaking Their Will covers a broad array of religious sects and Heimlich does a good job at documenting the child abuse within these sects. Read more

A Mission to the Preachers

Published in Butterflies and Wheels on October 29, 2013 by Ophelia Benson

Janet Heimlich wants to get atheists talking to clerics in order to do a better job of fixing the (enormous and terrible) problem of religious child abuse. She has a post on the subject on her blogRead more

 

Advocates decry child abuse in religious settings

Published in Courier-Journal.com on September 27, 2013 by Peter Smith

bozWhile the problems of sexual abuse and coverup remain acute in many religious organizations, a related problem is still not getting enough attention: other types of physical abuse and neglect of children. That was a consensus of a group of advocates for child welfare in faith-based settings who spoke at the Religion Newswriters’ Association annual meeting in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. Read more

 

 

Richard Dawkins introduces Janet Heimlich on Panel on Religious Child Abuse

Screen Shot 2013-09-07 at 4.05.14 PMOn June 1, 2013, Janet Heimlich spoke on a panel on the religious abuse of children at the American Humanist Association conference in San Diego. Other panelists included Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation, Kathryn Stewart, author of the Good News Club, and Liz Heywood, a survivor of religious child abuse and neglect. Richard Dawkins moderated the panel. Watch a video of the presentation here.

 

Radio Interview with Janet Heimlich on Religious Child Maltreatment

Interview date: May 29, 2013 by People United, Austin, Texas

Listen to this hour-long radio interview with Janet Heimlich on her book, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. Listen to the podcast here.

Spanking in the Name of the LordWhen Children are Maltreated by Religious Groups

Published in San Diego Free Press on May 20, 2013 by Dave Rice

Child sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church have repeatedly rocked the nation for more than a decade now, and in 2010 spread locally to reach the San Diego Diocese. The so-called “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s and early ‘90s brought the prospect of harm to children through mysterious and violent rituals to the forefront of the nation’s attention (though such focus turned out to be largely overblown), while periodically stories reach the news involving the tragic death of a child raised by a family of religious separatists. Incidents such as the aforementioned remind us that institutions of faith are capable of inspiring misplaced trust that can bring harm to the most vulnerable amongst us: our children. Read more

Janet Heimlich discusses religious child abuse

Published in Examiner.com on May 20, 2013 by William Hamby

Janet Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment and President of the Child-Friendly Faith Project. The organization is “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that educates the public about the impact that religious, spiritual, and cultural beliefs and practices have on children in the United States and around the world.” To put it simply, Janet is confronting the often-ignored abusive aspects of some religious child-rearing practices. Read more

Leicester Secularist

Leicester Secular Society, April, 2013, Pennie Blatchford

“I found the talk both fascinating and horrifying, almost in equal measure.” Read more

The World View Show with Denis Campbell

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Denis Campbell

As Pope Benedict resigns and leaves the Vatican today, author and journalist Janet Heimlich joins World View with Denis Campbell to discuss her new book: Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. Watch the video here.

The Humanist

The Humanist, Posted on March/April, 2013, Lucille Cormier

A long time ago I used to be a Roman Catholic, and in those days we talked a lot about tests of faith. They happened when you were confronted with facts that clearly challenged the creed you professed. Humanists can have tests of faith too, as when faced with the stories and study data reported in Janet Heimlich’s Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. Reading this book will certainly challenge your belief in human dignity. Read more

Goddiscussion

Posted on January 18, 2013 by Goddiscussion.com

Janet Heimlich is the guest on this podcast call-in discussion show for believers and non-belivevers. To listen to the podcast, click here.

The David Pakman Show

Posted on December 4, 2012 by David Pakman

Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, joins David to discuss the horrifying practice of child abuse in the name of religion. To listen to the podcast, click here.

Families in Society

Posted on October 1, 2012, by Jonathan Singer

A few weeks after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the satirical newspaper, The Onion, ran a story entitled, “God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule” (2001, Sept. 26). In the article, God holds a press conference during which he tells the world, “‘I don’t care how holy somebody claims to be. If a person tells you it’s My will that they kill someone, they’re wrong. Got it? I don’t care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else’s, ever again.’” The serious message behind this very satirical article is that anyone who would use religion to justify harming or killing someone has clearly misunderstood one of God’s most basic rules. Yet, according to Janet Heimlich in her 2011 book, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, religion has been, and continues to be, used to justify the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and medical neglect of children. The purpose of Breaking Their Will is to “expose child abuse and neglect enabled by certain kinds of religious belief. By raising awareness of this issue, the book aims to initiate a discussion about religious child maltreatment in hopes of someday eradicating it” (Heimlich, 2011, p. 19). Read more

Freedomain Radio interviews Janet Heimlich

Freedomain Radio, posted on August 9, 2012 by Stefan Molyneux

You can listen to the podcast here.

[Note: While I appreciate having been interviewed by Stefan Molyneux, I must point out that he has been criticized for running an online cult and giving harmful advice to individuals.]

Letter From a “Demon Possessed” Woman

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Christian Piatt

It’s interesting how certain patterns emerge in our lives sometimes. Part of it, I expect, has more to do with awareness than actual coincidence, like when I start seeing blue Pruises (Prii?) everywhere after buying one.

Yesterday I got a book in the mail called Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment by Janet Heimlich. And a couple of days before that I got an email through my website, which I’ll share in a minute. Read more

Appearing on the “Dr. Joe Show” July 1, 2012

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Richard Wilson Reviews Breaking Their Will

The New Humanist, Posted on March 24, 2012, Richard Wilson

When US police found the body of 16-month-old Javon Thompson in early 2007, he was so badly decomposed that identification was near-impossible. It subsequently emerged that the toddler had been starved to death by a small Christian sect who denied him food and water as punishment for his failure to say “Amen” at mealtimes. This story was one of a litany of cases that inspired Janet Heimlich to write Breaking Their Will, a harrowing account of religiously motivated child abuse and neglect. Read more

Biblical Chastisement: Michael Pearl Defends Teachings on Child Discipline (VIDEO)

Christian Post, Posted on March 21, 2012 by Luiza Oleszczuk

Video debate between Janet Heimlich and pro-spanking Tennessee preacher, Michael PearlWatch the video here.

Religious Child Maltreatment

Secular Humanist, Posted on March 23, 2012 by Edd Doerr

Journalist Janet Heimlich’s book is one of the most powerful and important to appear in the last year. . . . Breaking Their Will. . . should set off all the alarm bells at the increasing penetration of hard core religious fundamentalism into our public schools and politics. Read more

Religious Child Abuse — Special Rights for Religion means sexual, physical, and mental abuse

AshleyFMiller, Posted on March 22, 2012

Another excellent resource about religious child abuse is “Breaking Their Will” by Janet Heimlich.  I read it last year and it was not only a very fair book, in terms of its approach to mainstream faith, but also a very disturbing and necessary book about child abuse and how cults and religions lead to it. Read more

The Thorn in Their Side

SkepticFamily, Posted on March 20, 2012

After seeing Janet Heimlich speak about her new book “Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Maltreatment” at my local meeting of humanists, I was fired up and annoyed at the hypocrisy of self-righteous individuals who obediently abuse their children in the name of their deity. The brutality that exists in this community of religious extremists crawls under my skin in the worst way. There’s absolutely no excuse for child abuse, but the worst possible excuse would be that it was in the name of loving god. Read more

Biblical Chastisement: Michael Pearl Defends Teachings on Child Discipline (VIDEO)Pastor Debates Critic of Religious Authorities Who Demand That Parents Spank

Christian Post, Posted on March 16, 2012 by Luiza Oleszczuk

Michael Pearl is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, and founder of No Greater Joy Ministries in Tennessee who became a point of controversy when his teachings about child training became linked by critics and the media to at least three fatal cases of child abuse. He spoke with The Christian Post recently and discussed what he sees as the difference between “disciplining” and “physical punishment” with one of his critics, Janet Heimlich, a journalist and author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. Read more

Child-Friendly Faith

Huffington Post, Posted on March 6, 2012 by Valerie Tarico

Does religion help or harm children? Viewpoints range from those who believe that it is impossible to raise loving, moral children without faith to those who see religious immersion as child abuse. A new effort, Child-Friendly Faith, launched by author Janet Heimlich, “Breaking Their Will” and sociologist Christine Woodman, seeks to create productive dialog between those who value and those who criticize the role of religion in the lives of children. Read more

Cult Dynamics Go Mainstream

Surrealist.org, Posted February 29, 2012.

So what will it be America? Is everybody ready to join a cult? Two new books advise otherwise. Adults may suffer consequences, but it is the children in a cult who are most vulnerable to exploitation. Check out Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, by Janet Heimlich (see: paperback; see: Kindle edition). Her book examines child maltreatment (abuse and neglect) problems in religious authoritarian cultures in the U.S., whether they are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim-based. Read more

Religious Child Maltreatment: Interview with Janet Heimlich

Social Work Podcast, Posted February 26, 2012. Listen here

[Episode 71]In today’s Social Work Podcast, Religious Child Maltreatment, I speak with award-winning journalist and author, Janet Heimlich about her book: Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment published in 2011 by Prometheus Books. I was really interested in talking with Janet because her book focuses on something that is rarely discussed in social work – the role of religion in child abuse and neglect.

Author Suggests Pastor Michael Pearl’s Book on Disciplining Children Is ‘Potentially Dangerous’

Christian Post, Posted on November 11, 2012 by Luiza Oleszczuk

The author of a book analyzing the phenomenon of child abuse in religious communities has criticized Michael Pearl, an evangelical Christian pastor and author of a book on child rearing using corporal punishment, suggesting that his teachings might be potentially dangerous to children’s health and life. Read more

Janet Heimlich is interviewed on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe with Mary-Charlotte Domandi

Broadcast on October 6, 2011. Listen here

Janet Heimlich is interviewed on “Ask an Athiest” podcast

Posted on November 14, 2011. Listen here

Books: How religion can be manipulated to abuse children

Catholic Sentinel, Posted on November 7, 2011 by Catholic News Service

Any book detailing child abuse by religious authorities or in the name of religion is a hard read for people of faith. Believers are faced with a harsh reality: Many of their cherished values and concepts have been manipulated, distorted or misunderstood for perverse or violent ends.

“Breaking Their Will” is no different. It narrates stark cases of children who were abused sexually, physically, emotionally and through medical neglect, all in the name of religion. Read more

Video: Talk – Janet Heimlich – Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment

Frequency, Posted on October 26, 2011, Watch it here

Dissecting “CUT:” Filmmaker’s Podcast Series Offers Analysis, Insight into Circumcision Ethics

IntactNews, Posted on October 25, 2011

The guests Ungar-Sargon has chosen thus far are intriguing, and include astute Jewish thinkers with unique areas of expertise, including Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Maltreatment (Prometheus Books, 2011) . . .  Read more

Janet Heimlich is interviewed on Living After Faith

Livingafterfaith, Posted on October 23, 2011. Listen here

Janet Heimlich speaks in Seattle

talkingsticktv, Posted on October 21, 2011

Janet Heimlich speaks on the topic of religious child maltreatment at the University Temple United Methodist Church of Seattle. Watch it here

The good of the faith community takes priority

Butterflies and Wheels, Posted on October 11, 2011

Valerie Tarico interviewed Janet Heimlich last May, on the subject of Heimlich’s new book on religious child maltreatmentRead more

Breaking Their Will

http://richarddawkins.net, Posted on October 11, 2011

This is a public event where I will be talking about my book, Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books, 2011). Breaking Their Will is the first book to take an in-depth look at religiously motivated child abuse and neglect in America. Thank you to University Temple United Methodist Church for hosting this event. Read more

Religious Child Maltreatment

Spiritual Freedom, Posted on October 1, 2011 by John C. Catlin

Along with discussions of high-control groups and religious authoritarianism, we must not forget the children.

While the impact on grown adults is bad enough, the long-term effects on children who grow up in such environments is devastating. Read more

The direction of benefits

Butterflies and Wheels, Posted on September 28, 2011 by Ophelia Benson

Chapter 6 of Janet Heimlich’s terrific book Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Mistreatment is titled “An Obsession with Child Obedience.” Read more

Barbara Quirk: An insightful look at maltreatment of children

Madison.com, Posted on September 25, 2011 by Barbara Quirk

My recent column on abuses that are done in the name of God elicited an email response from Janet Heimlich, an author whose book, “Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment,” was just published. Read more

What I’ve Been Reading

Elizabethesther.com, Posted on May 10, 2011 by Elizabeth Esther

Janet Heimlich’s book, “Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment” is a deeply researched, devastatingly accurate portrayal of the abuse happening to children living inside authoritarian religious environments.

It’s a difficult book to read because it reveals the underlying beliefs to which many Christians adhere (ie. that breaking a child’s will is necessary for discipline and that humans are inherently evil) and how these beliefs often motivate and justify harmful methods of discipline. Read More

“Cut” Director Interviews Janet Heimlich

The Cut Podcast, Posted on September 9, 2011. Listen here

Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon, the director of the acclaimed film “Cut: Slicing through the Myths of Circumcision,” interviews Janet Heimlich during a Q&A following a screening of the film.

Janet Heimlich on the Louie b. Free Radio Show

Louie b. Free Radio Show, Aired August 31, 2011. Link to be posted soon.

Ohio’s legendary radio talk show host, Louie b. Free, interviews Janet Heimlich.

Religious Child Maltreatment

TFN Insider, Posted on August 28, 2011 by Ryan Valentine

We asked Texas-based author — and crack reporter — Janet Heimlich to prepare a guest-post for TFN Insider about her just-released book exploring the tragic connection that sometimes exists between religion and child maltreatment. Heimlich raises an important question — do certain religious cultures in America pose a particularly big risk to the health and safety of children? And this meticulously researched book argues that, in fact, children who are raised in religious authoritarian cultures are at a high risk for religiously motivated maltreatment. Read more

Interview with Janet Heimlich on the Think Athiest Radio Show

Think Athiest Radio Show, Posted on September 18, 2011. Listen here

Textra Credit: What else we’re reading this month

Texas Monthly, Issue: July, 2011

Austin journalist looks at the long-taboo topic of “religious child maltreatment” across a variety of faiths.

New book shines light on religious child maltreatment

CHILD Newsletter, Issue 1, 2011 by Rita Swan

Award-winning jour­nalist Janet Heimlich analyzes religion-related child abuse and neglect in her book Breaking their Will:  Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreat­ment. She describes both Christian and non-Christian abuses in her chapters on physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, ritual abuse, and medical neglect. Read more

Janet Heimlich Signs Her Book Thursday

Cincinnati.com, Posted on June 28, 2011

If the name Janet Heimlich sounds familiar, it’s likely because of her father: Cincinnati-based doctor Henry Heimlich, who developed his eponymous maneuver for choke victims. Read More

Breaking Their Will, A Book Review

Fallen from Grace, Posted on June 28, 2011 by Bruce Gerenscer

Janet Heimlich’s new book Breaking Their Will, Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, is a cogent investigation into religious child abuse. Breaking Their Will covers a broad array of religious sects and Heimlich does a good job at documenting the child abuse within these sects. Read More

Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment

Friendly Atheist, Posted on June 18, 2011 by Hemant Mehta

We know all too well how children have been sexually abused in the Catholic Church and how kids have been killed (or nearly killed) because their Christian Science parents refused to take them to a doctor. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how children have been harmed by their religious families and communities. Janet Heimlich, a former freelance reporter for National Public Radio, has documented this awful epidemic in her new book Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child MaltreatmentRead More

Janet Heimlich’s New Religious Child Maltreatment Site

Bilgrimage, Posted on June 13, 2011 by William D. Lindsey

An outstanding new blog has just come to my attention. I’d like to recommend it highly to readers. The blog is Janet Heimlich’s Religious Child Maltreatment site. Heimlich has had a prestigious career as a journalist, and in recent years, has turned her considerable talents to issues of religion-fueled abuse of children. She’s just published a book on this subject entitled Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, about which information is found at her website. Read More

Janet Heimlich on Freethought Radio

Posted on May 23, 2011 by Freedom From Religion Foundation

Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will, which looks at religious abuse and mistreatment of children. Listen here (begin at 20:50)

Confronting Religion and Child Abuse

Huffington Post, Posted on May 10, 2011 by Valerie Tarico

Valerie Tarico interviews Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. During eight years working for NPR, Heimlich never shied away from controversial topics. She won nine journalism awards, in part by doggedly exposing injustices in the death penalty and prison systems. Most recently she made her way behind another set of locked doors, into the inner sanctums of authoritarian religious communities. Read More

Author Interview: Breaking Their Will

Exchristian.net, Posted on May 10, 2011 by Valerie Tarico

Valerie Tarico interviews Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. During eight years working for NPR, Heimlich never shied away from controversial topics. She won nine journalism awards, in part by doggedly exposing injustices in the death penalty and prison systems. Most recently she made her way behind another set of locked doors, into the inner sanctums of authoritarian religious communities. Read More

The Fragile Boundary Between Religion and Child Abuse

Awaypoint, Posted on May 10, 2011 by Valerie Tarico

Valerie Tarico interviews Janet Heimlich, author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. During eight years working for NPR, Heimlich never shied away from controversial topics. She won nine journalism awards, in part by doggedly exposing injustices in the death penalty and prison systems. Most recently she made her way behind another set of locked doors, into the inner sanctums of authoritarian religious communities. Read More