Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 169–181 | Cite as

Ignorance is not a victimless crime: The case of the caring teacher, part I

  • Sarah M. Rieth


Intrapsychic factors, including the dissociation of childhood wounds, rendered a mandated reporter of child abuse impotent to report a child's disclosure of abuse. The defenses of projective identification, splitting, denial, devaluation, and cognitive impairment prevented her from taking proper action. Passivity trained into her by the church and society reinforced her refusal to act to protect the child.


Cognitive Impairment Child Abuse Cross Cultural Psychology Projective Identification Proper Action 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah M. Rieth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Church Mission of HelpBuffalo
  2. 2.Colgate-Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological SeminaryUSA

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