Verbum et Ecclesia
On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
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GANZEVOORT, R. Ruard and NADEAU, Jean-Guy. Reading Robert and beyond: Narrative analysis of the story of a sexually abused Catholic man. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.2, pp.1-8. ISSN 2074-7705.
This article seeks to contribute to the understanding of what is at stake in counselling religious male victims of sexual abuse. We analyse the narrative of 'Robert', a sexually abused Roman Catholic man who later committed suicide. We focus on issues that concern many sexually abused males, such as talking and relationships, agency and responsibility, emotions of guilt, shame and anger, sexual identity, God-talk and God-images. In terms of a triangulating case study, we then confront this narrative analysis with some biographical elements gathered from other sources, from which we complement and critique the analysis.