Child Sexual Abuse and the Church
The Washington Post reported on a lawsuit accusing past and current leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries, a network of evangelical churches, of covering up alleged child sexual abuse and forcing children to “forgive” abusers.
Another article by The Washington Post reports on a statement made by Sovereign Grace Ministries that claims that permitting courts to second-guess advice given by the church to those involved could “represent a blow to the First Amendment.”
Whether the allegations are found to be true or not, it is a sobering reminder of how critically important it is to protect our children and to have vigilant, effective policies within our churches. Below are some important resources.
Posts on Protecting Children
- 5 Things You Should Know About Child Sexual Offenders
- 8 Ways To Protect Your Children From Sexual Abuse
- Advice For Pastors In Caring For Victims of Sexual Assault
- Protect Your Children
Resources from G.R.A.C.E.
- Suffer the Children: Developing Effective Church Policies on Child Maltreatment
- What Forgiveness Isn’t
- Sexual Abuse in Christian Organizations
- Sexual Abuse and Formation
- Anna C. Salter, Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How Can We Protect Ourselves and Our Children
- Andrew J. Schmutzer, The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused
- Diane Langberg, On the Threshold of Hope
- Dan B. Allender, The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault