Janet Heimlich (‘Breaking Their Will’) will talk in Shropshire on religious child maltreatment

Janet Heimlich will have an opportunity to talk in Shropshire  on her UK tour after all. She will be at The Town Hall, Bishops Castle SY9 5BG on Tuesday 12th March starting at 7:30 pm.

For  more information about her talk, please see our previous article.

The talk is being arranged by a group called Secular Matters.

Everyone is welcome,  but it would be helpful if you can let Gwil Stephenson know so that he can have an idea of numbers. His email address is gwil [at] quosoft.com

Award-winning journalist to speak about religious child maltreatment

From March 3 to 19, American journalist Janet Heimlich will be speaking at various venues in London and the UK on the subject of child abuse and neglect that is enabled by religious belief. She will not be in Shropshire but humanists may wish to attend her talks while she is in the UK.

Ms. Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to tackle this subject in a comprehensive way.

To see a listing of Ms. Heimlich’s speaking events, please go to http://religiouschildmaltreatment.com/events/.

High-profile cases such as the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and “faith healing” deaths in certain Christian congregations have revealed that religion can sometimes mask deviant and harmful behavior. But the extent of the problem is far greater than most people realise.

Many children are at risk for all kinds of abuses from emotional terrorizing to “biblically” mandated physical punishment. Some pious believers refuse to report abuse to protect the reputation of a faith group or religious leader.

Breaking Their Will has received tremendous praise. Novelist Anne Rice writes in an Amazon review: “This book is well researched and well written, and frankly, I wish there were more like it on this topic.” Bishop John Shelby Spong calls Breaking Their Will “insightful, provocative, exposing, and well written.”

Janet Heimlich is an American, independent investigative reporter who has won nine journalism awards. For eight years, she reported as a freelancer for National Public Radio, and she has written many non-fiction articles. Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment (Prometheus Books; Amherst, NY) is her first book.

Charity single

The Great Divide is a Liverpool based guitar band who are planning to release a single to coincide with the Pope’s visit to the UK. The song is a comment on religion in the 21st century and all profits from UK sales will be donated to a secular based charity that works with victims of child abuse (for example, NAPAC).

You can listen to a rough mix of the song at http://www.soundcloud.com/thegreatdivide. The song will be released in a downloadable format on 13 September. In order to maximise publicity and enable the track to chart as high as possible, the band is encouraging people to download the track on a specific date.

The band feel the song has the ability to cross over in to the mainstream of popular music and is an ideal platform to promote the secular message, stimulate debate and engage young people.

(The band is not associated with Shropshire Humanist Group – for further information contact Chris Jones.)