‘Don’t shield perpetrators of child abuse in churches’

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By: Seth J. Bokpe
Date : Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Church leaders in the country have been advised not to shield perpetrators of child abuse in their churches as it is a violation of the Constitution.

Mr Ebenezer Tetteh Kpalam, the Founder and President of the Kinder Foundation, a Christian non-governmental organisation (NGO), urged churches to have child protection policies that protect children from abuse, and stressed that “Although the church is a place where children are sometimes abused, it is also a place where abuses are not reported.

“The church should not handle cases of sexual abuse. Domestic violence cases are criminal in nature. Such cases must be reported,” he said.

He, however, stated that the church could offer emotional support to such victims because of the trauma they go through.

He was speaking at the ninth anniversary celebration of the Child Development Centre of the Trinity Parish of the Global Evangelical Church at Kotobabi in Accra.

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