An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamic.
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Safe Church Ministry began as the Office of Abuse Prevention; prevention must be a primary focus of our work. Therefore, we have step one — be prepared. Our response efforts will always be weak and lacking without this foundation.
Safe Church Ministry is working on a toolkit for churches. Responding to immediate needs will be a part of that toolkit. We hope that this article is a helpful preview.
As the #MeToo movement hits the church, many churches are requesting information about how to respond. We hope this toolkit will help people, especially church councils, understand what their options are.
What are we to make of all the sexual assault allegations we’re hearing? And how are we to respond, as the church, when we hear these stories, and address allegations in our own congregations? Here's a resource that can help.