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Education is the Best Prevention

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.

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Is it necessary to repeat background checks every three years if you're in the same church doing the same work?

In our jurisdiction, background checks cost money. Many men are having to submit to an additional level of background check involving fingerprints because their birthdays are the same as a pardoned sex offender. This is an additional cost. The police do not hold on to the information, so if the insurance company requires new background checks every three years, the costs will be repeated.
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Child Abuse: Top Ten Prevention Tips

“Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Greater investments are needed in programs that have proven to stop abuse before it occurs – such as family counseling and mandatory parenting education.” - Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

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Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

“Since only .001 percent of all deaths occur in church, we can easily be lulled into thinking that such things could never happen to us. And yet the sad truth is, such things can and do happen to us. Churches are particularly vulnerable.” - Michael Jackson with the Enrichment Journal.

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Church Safety and Gun Violence

When gun violence occurs in public places, church members may wonder, “What if gun violence were to occur at my place of worship?” Are our churches prepared to deal with this type of crisis?

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Expanding the Reach of Safe Church

“We cannot stick our head in the sand and think that abuse will never happen in our churches. It has happened and probably will happen in the future. We need to be prepared and do all we can to prevent it from happening.” 

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Caring for Survivors of Abuse

"The Long Journey Home provides important and timely information and advocacy for the men and women living with the devastating effects of sexual abuse and rape."

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Domestic Violence 101

Domestic violence also occurs among families in our churches, and pastors and church leaders need to be prepared to deal with this issue.

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What have churches done for male survivors of sexual abuse?

I'm a professor of Biblical Studies, a survivor, and I also lead a support group for other male survivors. I would like to hear from people about what is done at their church for male survivors. This concerned me enough to write a book (recently #7 on Amazon's books addressing sexual abuse), http://www.amazon.com/Long-Journey-Home-Understanding-Collaborative/dp/1608993957/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 The Sandusky scandal, his arrogant show at his recent sentencing, and the emergence of his male victims has created a vital opportunity for Christian leaders to discuss this openly, and also admit the...
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Why Kids Don't Tell

"Disclosure may feel like betrayal, and the child experiences ambivalence, particularly if disclosure means the child loses a loved family member. Disclosure is a complex process and does not rest on one factor alone.” - MOSAC

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