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Published on Nov 19, 2014
"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.
Janet is an award-winning journalist and the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, which takes an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect in the United States that is enabled by religious belief. She is also president of the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a national nonprofit public charity that educates the public about the impact that religious, spiritual, and cultural beliefs and practices have on children. As a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, Ms. Heimlich won nine journalism awards, including the regional Katie and the Houston Press Club's "Radio Journalist of the Year." She lives with her daughter in Austin, Texas.