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

Resources from G.R.A.C.E.

I serve on the board of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Their resource page has some helpful articles and videos:

Books