We can begin to prevent abuse by starting at an early age to teach our children respect for themselves and for one another; and by helping them learn what to do in situations that feel unsafe.
These educational resources will help you begin talking with young adults about healthy sexuality.
It's important to remember that social media is simply a communication tool and, like all tools, must be used in appropriate ways. As leaders it is up to us to create and maintain appropriate boundaries. Here are some guidelines.
Does your church have a system or policy in place for children's programs that begin mid-service? How do you handle this situation?
Safe Church encourages churches that are working with ex-offenders to develop a covenant of conduct with the individual. Included are sample policies and a discussion about the importance of this process.
The recent resignation of Pastor John Ortberg is yet another reminder that our churches have a great deal of work to do in the area of abuse prevention. His unfortunate situation reminds us that love and respect often mean setting boundaries and expectations and having systems of accountability in place.