Moral Injury from Sexual Abuse and War: Soul Wounds and Soul Repair ~September 27

Wounds and Soul Repair

SAVE THE DATE – Moral Injury from Sexual Abuse and War: Soul Wounds and Soul Repair (September 27)

rSeptember 27, 2013** 8:30a.m. – 4 p.m.

Plymouth United Church of Christ 4126 Ingersoll Avenue Des Moines, IA 50312

The horrific nature of sexual abuse and the trauma of war and military combat are not human experiences we like to think about deeply, yet understanding these experiences is crucial to life together in our communities.

The soul wounds and moral injury resulting from such experiences not only haunt survivors and veterans for years, but also produce devastating ripple effects within family relationships and communities.

The concepts of “moral injury” and “community responsibility” are common threads we will use to weave together these two topics so critical to the health and welfare of our country. *Featured Presenters* *Berma* *Bushie* is an Ojibwa grandmother, residing at the Hollow Water First Nation Reserve in Manitoba, Canada.

An Anishinaabe Elder, Berma co-developed a sacred justice model of healing from sexual abuse that brought revolutionary changes to the legal system after recognizing violent crimes were more about broken relationships than about broken laws.

*Rupert Ross* is a retired Crown Prosecutor of Western Ontario. He is the author of several books including the Canadian best seller, *Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice.

In writing about the Hollow Water experiment, Mr. Ross realized that courtroom proceedings and incarceration work against the healing process, and that courtrooms rarely allow victims and perpetrators to be seen as whole persons, as evolving persons, as extensions of their home communities.

The Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. *is Research Professor of Theology and Culture, and Founding Co-Director of The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, and co-author of Soul Repair an examination of “moral injury” She examines how war creates ethical dilemmas for soldiers who are forced to witness or engage in death or other atrocities that can develop problems beyond the scope of PTSD.

Dr. Brock has a particular interest in the examination of military sexual assault (MSA). Sponsors Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Geral Blanchard, author of Transcending TraumaCost $60 (includes lunch) – Registration information will follow shortly


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