Child Abuse Awareness: Resources

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Bulletin Insert/FlyerBulletin Insert/Flyer: Faith Alive Order Link.

Child sexual abuse is not something we want to hear about, but we must not turn a blind eye to a problem that affects so many. This bulletin insert helps bring the topic out into the open so that our congregations can respond more effectively. You can also view a high definition web copy here.

This product is available free to CRC congregations. It is also available, in bundles of 100, for a small fee to all others.

Webinar

The Church's Role in Ending Child Sexual Abuse: One in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18. What is the role of the church in light of these horrific statistics? This webinar examines how sexual abuse happens, what some of the impacts are, and then explores how churches can play a key role in ending this epidemic in our culture

 PowerPoint & Video

PowerPoint Presentation - Child Abuse 101: One in four girls and one in six boys experience sexual abuse. This is the world in which we live and the reality for many people in our congregations. Child Abuse 101, which can be adapted to fit a variety of contexts, will help in understanding how sexual abuse happens, what some of the impacts are, and how churches can join a movement to end child sexual abuse.

Video - It’s Not Just Jenna: This 20 min. video portraits a true story of Jenna Quinn and her family’s courageous story of sexual abuse and survival. May be purchased here or borrowed from Safe Church Ministry (please contact us for information)

Video - The Parents Protect! Child Sexual Abuse Video Learning Programme: This 30 min. informational video is a product of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation in the United Kingdom and is made available free of charge. Other resources are also available from the Parents Protect website.

Helpful Websites for Understanding Child Sexual Abuse

 

Dove's Nest: Faith communities keeping children and youth safe. Their mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. We are often in contact with them and now collaborate with them to further offer the Circle of Grace program that we have encouraged our congregations to use for several years. 

ChildHelp.org One of the oldest and largest agencies in the U.S. focused on the prevention of, and appropriate interventions in response to, child abuse and neglect.

Darkness to Light: Darkness to Light is an organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse through training and resources for adults. The website has a range of helpful resources.

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment: G.R.A.C.E is dedicated to preparing churches to prevent and respond to abuse in a godly way, with a particular focus on sexual abuse. The website is extremely helpful, with resources for prevention training and policies, response protocols for allegations of abuse, and a thorough resource section.

Government sites: The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal and the U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway hold a wealth of information regarding child sexual abuse, including when and how to report suspected abuse

One in Six: One in Six is dedicated to the healing of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, an often overlooked problem that affects at least 1 in 6 males. It also includes resources for professionals and the families of survivors. 

 Safe Sanctuaries is a website of the United Methodist Church dedicated to making congregations safe places where children, youth, and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith.

StopItNow: An organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse, StopItNow provides succinct and helpful resources to understand and prevent child sexual abuse.

Books

Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches (2001 by Dr. R. Timothy Kearney) A succinct and practical resource addressing the most common questions and difficulties families and churches face after disclosure of child sexual abuse; available for purchase from Amazon

Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect (2010 by Jeanette Harder) Provides helpful advice for how churches can create a safer environment for children; available for purchase from Amazon

Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth

Tear Down this Wall of Silence: Dealing with Sexual Abuse in Our Churches (2015 by Dale Ingraham) Written as a wake-up call for churches, includes an introduction to understanding abusers, victims, and how the church should respond to both in the church; available for purchasefrom Amazon

Articles

“Beyond Surviving, Safety Program: toward a movement to prevent child sexual abuse” (2002 by Gillian Murphy, Ms. Foundation for Women) This comprehensive document outlines the factors that make child sexual abuse such a difficult problem to address, and outlines ways to change attitudes, policies, and community dynamics so that we can successfully prevent abuse

“Safety Planning within Faith-Based Communities”: (From StopItNow, a sexual abuse prevention organization) Provides a brief overview of basic steps churches can take to prevent sexual abuse

“Sexual Abuse and the Distortion of Worship” (October 16, 2012 by Andrew Schmutzer, posted in Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) Explores the impact of sexual abuse on a victim’s experience of worship, and the path towards regaining a healthy worship experience

“Startling Statistics: Child Sexual Abuse and What the Church Can Begin to Do About It” (January 4, 2014 by Boz Tchividjian, Rhymes with Religion blog) A helpful overview of the problem including the church’s vulnerability to such abuses, and how the church can begin to respond appropriately

“Voice of the Victims: Sex Abuse Survivors and the Church” (April 30, 2012 by Michelle Van Loon, Christianity Today) Helpful suggestions for how churches can do a better job creating awareness, prayer, and action to curb the epidemic of abuse and create a climate of healing for victims

Documents

The Grooming Process: Five Phases of the Behavioral Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse

Responding to a Child Who Discloses / Signs and Symptoms

Reporting Suspected Child Sexual Abuse

In the USA: 800-422-4453Hotline for ChildHelp is a U.S.  specific organization staffed with professionals who can direct callers to the appropriate reporting agency. Click here for the appropriate contact information for reporting abuse specific to each state.

In Canada: 800-668-6868: Hotline for KidsHelp is a Canadian specific organization staffed with professionals who can direct callers to the appropriate reporting agency. Click here for KidsHelp’s online guidance in reporting abuse in Canada.

Global Center for Missing and Exploited Children: Resources for reporting to the appropriate authorities when one suspects child pornography or sex trafficking.

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