NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The June/July issue of SBC Life features an eight-page pull-out special report on child sexual abuse aimed at urging churches -- and assisting them in doing so -- to take steps in protecting children from sexual predators.
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The section consists of seven stories, including a heartbreaking testimony from a woman who was sexually abused as a child, a testimony from a former social worker who worked on child abuse cases and an article from the co-founder of a ministry that seeks to educate churches about the problem.
In addition, the special report -- titled "Protecting Our Children: Accepting the Responsibility, Embracing the Privilege" -- includes practical advice for churches and church members on how to prevent sexual abuse within their congregations -- and what to do if it does occur. The special report amplifies resources already available, including one -- www.sbc.net/localchurches/ministryhelp.asp -- that includes a list of ways to prevent child sexual abuse.
Studies show that between 25 and 33 percent of girls and 5 to 15 percent of boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18 -- the majority of them being abused by family members or trusted family friends, the special report says.
The special report will be available at the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis but also can be viewed online at www.SBCLife.net or www.SBC.net, and ordered by calling 866-722-5433. Read More