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4. Sexual Abuse Prevention
There are several good organizations that are devoted to all aspects of Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response. This topic is complex, but not recognizing its importance puts many congregations in danger of implicit negative and unfaithful responses.
The Ministries of the Insurance Board
The Insurance Board has been working directly with Praesdium for many years. Together they provide FREE training in the areas listed. (You do not have to be a member of the Insurance Board to participate in this ministry of their work.)
Getting Started with Abuse Prevention
Praesidium - FREE FOR DISCIPLES OF CHRIST AND UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
"Praesidium was started more than 20 years ago in response to a request from a youth serving organization that was reeling from an incident of child sexual abuse."
Other Helpful Resources
"FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence."
In 2015, Safe Gatherings started working with other organizations that serve children, youth, and vulnerable adults, such as schools and community organizations. The focus has always been abuse prevention through a system of checks and balances.
"Safe Sanctuaries is an overt expression in making congregations safe places where children, youth and elders may experience the abiding love of God and fellowship within the community of faith."
"National Children's Alliance (NCA) empowers local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate srvices to victims of child abuse."
CYCCB certification is a response by the CYC professional community to promote widely supported standards of practice coupled with research-based competence demonstration.
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