SILVER SPRING (MD)
May 12, 2020
By Marcos Paseggi
Church region leaders work on developing protocols for supporting victims, dealing with perpetrators
Time and again, experts in sexual abuse remind us that one of the worst fears of victims is being ignored when seeking help. It is something, experts say, that can lead to extremely harmful and long-term health consequences.
In the context of church life and faith-based organizations, that breach of trust can be outright devastating.
Against this backdrop, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently provided evidence that church regions (or divisions) are taking concrete steps to make sure church organizations and institutions will work unapologetically to prevent sexual abuse. At the same time, regional leaders pledged to keep working to craft detailed protocols to prevent or respond to any complaint of sexual abuse in the church.
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