Janet Heimlich


"Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment"

High-profile cases such as the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and “faith healing” child death cases in some fundamentalist congregations have drawn attention to a serious yet misunderstood problem: religious child maltreatment or RCM. What can we do to protect children from harmful religious influences and ensure that faith is a source of comfort, strength, and inspiration, and not a justification for abuse and neglect? In this enlightening and provocative talk, award-winning journalist Janet Heimlich discusses how to identify RCM and its risk factors, and, most importantly, how we can stop it.


About Janet Heimlich:

Janet Heimlich is an award-winning journalist and the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to take an in-depth look at child abuse and neglect in the United States that is enabled by religious belief. She is also the founder and a board member of the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that raises awareness of religious child maltreatment. Ms. Heimlich has been a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, work that won her nine journalism awards, and she has written nonfiction articles for such publications as Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Texas Observer. She received a B.A. in Communications from Stanford University in 1984 and lives in Austin, Texas.


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