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Child Sexual Abuse Best Practices

Faith Organizations: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practices Introduction

TAALK has created this particular prevention best practices program from the perspective of the Christian Church. This is not to diminish the importance of the role that all faith organizations play in the resolution of the child sexual abuse pandemic but instead reflects the knowledge and personal affiliation of the writer. TAALK does not have the expertise nor do we currently have the funding to research the details of how to appropriately address the individual differences between world religions and how they serve the youth in their community. We know that the aspects related to prevention of abuse and supporting victims, families, and offenders apply to all faiths. We also trust that the aspects related to spiritual healing and the power of intercessory prayer will provide great value and insight across faiths as well. Thus we encourage all faith leaders to participate fully in the program taking the intent of each section and modifying the wording and implementation as necessary to reflect your specific beliefs. We are all in this together and our children are counting on us to find a way to be part of the solution. 
 

Child sexual abuse is predictable and preventable when we surround children with knowledgeable and outspoken adults and we all play a part in the solution. 
Predict: is to declare or indicate in advance; especially to foretell on the basis of observation, experience, or scientific reason.(1)


There are over 39 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America.(2)

From them experts have documented time after time, behavior patterns that appear BEFORE abuse occurs. So, with the right training, we can recognize when children are in danger and put best practices in place to directly reduce the risk of abuse in our homes, neighborhoods and youth-serving organizations. Faith organizations play a crucial role in educating their local community members.

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Faith Organizations: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practice #1 - Determine Your Starting Point

Personal Starting Point
Each of us has a set of past experiences that impact how we feel about the topic of child sexual abuse. Some people know someone who was abused or they may have been abused themselves. Others may struggle with an attraction to children or the thought of sexualizing a child simply destroys their sense of a safe world. These are experiences and feelings that could create a lot of discomfort.

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Faith Organizations: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Best Practice #3 - Set, Document and Enforce Boundaries

Written boundaries are at the heart of protecting children. Without them, every day is filled with a myriad of subjective choices that are far too often hindered by our emotions, opinions, relationships, and quest for personal gain (acceptance, security, promotion, raise, etc.). When boundaries are established and documented in writing, they provide a mechanism for objective decision making that applies to everyone who comes in contact with children in your care. No exceptions!

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