Anglican church addresses sexual violence against women in Africa

“Church must ‘speak out against sexual violence’ in Africa” The Guardian. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Ltd. March 23, 2011

Churches can “no longer remain silent on the issue of sexual violence,” according to a Christian NGO . . . .

Tearfund, a UK-based Christian relief and development agency, commissioned research on the current and potential role of the church to tackle sexual violence in Rwanda, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It said the results were a “shocking indictment of the widespread lack of a church-based response.”

In “Silent No More,” a report launched at a conference on [March 21] at Lambeth Palace in London with the support of the archbishops of Canterbury, Burundi, and DRC, Tearfund said: “The research showed there have been various responses from the church. In many cases the church has remained silent; where the church has spoken out, it has often led to increased stigma towards survivors.

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