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Carolyn Waterstradt ACF Abstract FY11

"From Tears to Triumph: An Autoethnographic Reaction to Women's Spirituality after Clergy Sexual Abuse"

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference

Carolyn Waterstradt

This paper is an autoethnographic response to individual interviews with seven women who were sexually abused as adults by members of the clergy. The focus of the interviews was the participants' spiritual healing. The interviews are interpreted through my experience as the researcher and as a survivor of clergy sexual abuse who was pursuing a career in the church until the abuse occurred. While exploring the spiritual healing of the participants, I come to terms with my own spiritual wound and find meaning in my midlife career change.