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This statement originally ran on the Mennonite Church USA website.
In light of recent events, we hope to clarify our calling and our work:
When the Delegate Assembly passed the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse in Kansas City, July 2015, we as a church made several commitments. One of which named that we’ll “teach members the realities of sexualized violence, especially by church leaders or other trusted individuals.”
We have data regarding the incidence of sexual abuse or violation experienced by church members.
According to the 2006 Church Member Profile, Mennonite Church USA church members report experiencing sexual abuse or violation in the following percentages:
With that in mind, we present a few reminders to congregations when they encounter instances of sexual abuse in their midst:
Talk with your children, with your youth, with your pastor and discuss it in your Sunday school classes and small groups.
Pastors, let’s talk about sexual abuse from the pulpit.
Congregations, we can proactively work at prevention by reviewing, updating and putting into practice clear sexual abuse policies. Sunday school teachers, let’s use resources like Circle of Grace and teach our children about safe boundaries.
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