Lived Religion and the Traumatic Impact of Sexual Abuse: The Sodalicio Case in Peru

  • Rocio Figueroa AlvearEmail author
  • David Tombs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges book series (PSLRSC)


This chapter explores the traumatic impact of sexual abuse on lived religion through a case study of the Sodalicio Society in Peru. It draws on recent interviews with eight male survivors, who are now middle-aged and who were abused when they were younger. The first section explains the background of the Sodalicio community. The second section offers an overview of existing literature on the spiritual consequences of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse. The third section explores the spiritual impact of psychological and spiritual abuse on the eight former members of Sodalicio. The fourth section will argue that recent work identifying Christ’s own experience as a form of sexual abuse might offer a new vantage point to address the traumatic impact of sexual abuse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Good Shepherd CollegeAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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