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Publication Date

10-18-2016

Abstract

This paper looks at why it is necessary for churches to take part in the response to sexual and gender-based violence within the African context. As a starting point, it is necessary to discuss the nature of influence that religion has on the society. The discussion focuses on understanding religion as a coping mechanism for stress. Attention is then turned to the context of the Christian faith and available theological frameworks that can be a basis for response to sexual violence. The last part of this paper looks at the ability of the Christian church to mobilise communities and harness a wide geographic footprint to create a sustainable response to sexual violence within communities. The paper concludes with a few recommendations targeted at policy makers and church leadership on developing responses to sexual violence within communities.

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