Date of Award
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
Lani Nelson-Zlupko, PhD
Lee Underwood, PsyD
This dissertation explores the problem of Child Sexual Abuse within the Black Church by applying a situational crime prevention (SCP) lens to this issue in four stages. First, this dissertation traces the origins and application of situational crime prevention by criminologists in order to explore situational indicators that put children at risk within institutions. Second, this dissertation traces the emergence of the Black Church as a protective factor from historical trauma experienced by African Americans. Third, it identifies how some of these same protective factors have become situational risk factors within the Black Church that pose serious threats to children’s safety. These factors include a patriarchal leadership structure, the legacy of independent churches, the lack of organizational oversight, racial loyalty, and the rejection of formal training for ministry. Finally, this dissertation outlines comprehensive interventions which can protect black children from sexual abuse in the Black Church. Implications for policy, practice and research are provided.
Speakes-Hall, Ebony M., "Situational Risk Factors Associated with Child Sexual Abuse in the Black Church and the Interventions to Keep Black Children Safe" (2019). Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations. 123.