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April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S. and in many Canadian provinces. In addition, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the U.S. What can we learn and do in April to end sexual abuse in our churches and communities?
Alive Ministries in Jenison, Michigan, is organizing two events; one with an emphasis on defending kids from online dangers and another on teaching children about healthy relationships and healthy physical boundaries.
Whenever a church member or leader is accused and arrested for a criminal sexual offense, there are serious repercussions in the entire community, both in and outside the church.
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.
Classis Chatham used Safe Church Mini-Grant Funds to help create a video to promote a counseling fund for those who would like to receive counseling after an experience of abuse. Several other classes have a similar fund. What could your classis do with a Safe Church Mini-Grant?
This story should help us realize that sexual assault must never be minimized and there must always be proper discipline administered to those who abuse their power. This too should remind us of the devastation that sexually inappropriate and assaultive behavior causes for women and men in all walks of life.
Does your classis have a Safe Church Coordinator or Team Leader? We are excited to see more begin coordinating to further equip, collaborate, and resource our congregations throughout the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
This resource is a consolidation of guidelines that CRC Synods have adopted over time, as a supplement to the Church Order, to equip churches to deal with an abuse allegation in a manner that is consistent with CRC beliefs and values.
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.
Did you know that Safe Church Ministry started out as the Office of Abuse Prevention? Think of the heartache avoided by preventing abuse before it happens. Surely churches belong at the front lines.
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.
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.
An effective response to abuse is not possible without understanding the dynamics and impacts of abuse, especially the power dynamic.