Preventing Sexual Misconduct in the Church
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Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseer, to Shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. — Acts 20.28
These and other faith traditions have begun to take meaningful
action to better understand, prevent and eliminate sexual misconduct
by their clergy, church workers and volunteers. When sexual misconduct
occurs within the Church, the consequences are devastatingnot
only for the individuals involved, but also for the families, the
parish, the denomination, and the community at large. This violation
of trust can precipitate a true crisis of faith that destroys the
victim's faith in God, the Church, and religious leaders in general.
Our clients believe that any sound risk management strategy should
start with thorough background checks of applicants before
they are hired.
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