Sleuthing Sexual Abuse With Spirit

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Blair Hull
E. Kirsten Peters

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Occasionally big issues, like sexual abuse, are tackled through fiction - all the better when enhanced through an alternative detective approach. In St. Mary's Private Dancer, Blair Hull explores the underworld of sex work in a murder mystery, and in Quaker Witness the issues are sexual harassment, rape, & murder, written by E. Kirsten Peters under the pen-name Irene Allen. Kirsten's Ph.D. is in Geology and her books include The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About The Nature of Endless Change, while Blair is a writer, singer of folk music and jazz standards, pastor at the Congregational UCC in Whitewater, WI, and participates in the UW-Madison Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop & Retreat.

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Non-affiliated, Quaker, UCC - United Church of Christ 

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12/16/2017
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Sexual abuse

I have read St. Mary's Private Dancer, and while listening to this broadcast, I found the comments about the timing of the book and the public discourse 'on target'. There are times when subject matter that has lain submerged in darkness must explode onto the public forum. Various trigger events converge over a short time span so that first voice that speaks in protest gives permission to the many others that have been held back either by fear of recrimination, or by embedded social practices that are unjust. The hope of myself and others committed to accomplishing justice is that the current outburst of 'me too' testimonies will be enough to tip the balance of public understanding and anger to the point that the offensive 'good old boy' practices will be withered away.

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