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Child Sexual Abuse in the Home

The U.S. Bishops addressed the tragedy of child sexual abuse in the home in Walk in the Light: A Pastoral Response to Child Sexual Abuse. In their statement, the bishops speak to those who were sexually abused as children, to abusers, and to pastors and pastoral workers who can assist those who abuse and are abused. The statement offers basic information about child sexual abuse, including its prevalence, signs of sexual abuse, profile of an abuser, effects of abuse, and the healing process. It also suggests practical actions that dioceses and parishes can take to raise awareness and respond to the needs of abused persons. A separate prayer service for healing and reconciliation is available. 

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