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The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence [Paperback]

By Monica A. Coleman (Author)
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Sexual violence is rarely discussed in church, despite the rising incidents of rape, sexual assault, molestation, date rape, and incest. The Dinah Project, which gets its name from Genesis 34--the rape of Dinah, Jacob's daughter--was borne out of the author's decision to start healing through the church after being raped. What resulted is this book and an entire ministry program to assist churches in responding to sexual violence.

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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2004
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829815872  
ISBN13  9780829815870  

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More About Monica A. Coleman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Monica A. Coleman is associate professor of constructive theology and African American religions at Claremont School of Theology. She is the author of Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology (Fortress Press, 2008) and The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence (2010), and co-editor of Creating Women s Theology: a Movement Engaging Process Thought (2011).

Monica A. Coleman was born in 1974.

Monica A. Coleman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Innovations: African American Religious Thought

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Simply Therapeutic Writing   May 2, 2005
FIRST OF ALL Dr. Coleman is not a psychologist, mental health provider, or mental health scholar.

This book seems to be Dr. Coleman writing her way to healing. Though the religious service is a nice gesture most victims will not attend due to the stigma that sexual violation carries.

i have worked with victims of intimate violence for almost 10 years (in private practice and within religious settings) and this book seems to provide a very simplistic understanding of the trauma that many of these people suffer. The language of this book suggest that all people are affected in the same way and that all people will display the same symptoms. Don't be mislead this is inaccurate. Dr. Coleman's statistics are misleading because she fails to state that less than 30% of victims report the abuse.

This book also suggests that only the church can be the voice of God in the lives of these victims...I sure hope that God has not been limited to the church. The church does need to do more, but it also needs to consult with mental professionals.

Dr. Coleman seems to suggests that all victims of rape are "overpowered" this not so...and dress has nothing to do with rape. As for her comments on PTSD and rape victims and Vietnam veterans, many psychiatrists will tell you that that trauma is worse in victims of sexual violence.

Although I applaud Dr. Coleman's effort, I must advise that this book is poorly written, it generalizes the issue of violence, and at times her comments actually perpetuate myths about rape. This book needed to be reviewed by a mental health professional prior to being released because it could have been a decent manual.
Revealing, Healing, Celebrating, Empowering   Sep 6, 2004
In a comprehensive, instructional, direct yet compassionate manner, this book gives voice to a form of violence which is hidden, silent, and ignored, threatening the integrity of the Church and our communities. Dr. Coleman speaks about sexual violence. The author defines the problem as a failure of the Church to fulfill its purpose. The author defines the solution as the fulfillment of the Church's purpose. She clearly explains how sexual violence is a spiritual issue to which the Church must respond.

To me, this book is a news story,reporting, or should I say revealing, the stories of two women of God who were victims of rape by "men of the cloth". To me, this book is a program manual: it outlines steps and provides tools for a structured, compassionate, truly healing response by the Church to sexual violence. To me, reading this book was a worship experience: the tone was prayerful, the approach was instructional; the text was God's Word; the conclusion was a praise party - celebrating God's grace. To me, this book was empowering: The book helped me to: tell the truth to myself; to understand the pain/mine and that of other victims who I dearly love; and, even in the face of unanswered questions, to find peace.


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