Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Anglican Church Works to End Sexual Violence; Coalition Is Set Up to Address Pain of Survivors

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, is lending his support to a new church coalition of the Anglican communion working to end sexual violence against women, according to the Christian Today website.

Its formation coincides with the launch of the Silent No More report documenting the role of the church in response to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Liberia.

The report was launched today (March 22, 2011) at Lambeth Palace -- the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury -- as the coalition's first step towards addressing the silence, pain, and stigma faced by survivors of sexual violence.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Williams said, "I hope this is the beginning of the church being what it ought to be and should be."

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