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Factors in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

factors for child protectionFor abuse to happen, three factors must be present. First, there must be a perpetrator who desires to abuse. Second, there must be a child who will take the role of a victim. Third, there must be an environment that provides enough privacy for the perpetrator to act. If prevention and training can stop any one of the three factors necessary for child sexual abuse, the abuse will not happen.

More About Childhood Trauma from Child Sexual Abuse

childrenThe evil of child sexual abuse is not defined by the immediate reactions of the child. Even if the child does not immediately experience it as negative, intervention and healing is needed. We cannot defy our biology, which shows that our brains do not mature until late in adolescence, and we need mature brains to make reasoned choices from the options we are given. 

What is the Nature of the Trauma from Child Sexual Abuse?

child protectionTrauma from child sexual abuse presents itself in surprising ways. These ways are important to understand in order to help heal children. We appear to have a window of time in which to care for and heal children before their lives are ravaged by the sexual abuse they experienced. 

Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse Allegations

child protection on the mission fieldWe’ve learned a lot from the Catholic sexual abuse scandal about good practices on preventing child abuse and investigating allegations. We’ve also learned a lot about how sexual abuse litigation works. You might say litigation is the worst case scenario for the organization when child protection issues haven't been adequately addressed. 

Must Education Be Faith Free

one room school houseMust public education be free from all religion? Should parents who want Biblical education pay twice but - once, through taxes for public school, and again for a private school with their values? The Freedom From Religion Foundation staged another attack on a school released-time policy. The FFRF insists that the plan is “granting special treatment to attend select evangelical Christian education courses,” and that violates the Constitution.

The Power of Sorry - What Makes a Real Apology

real apologyWhen a situation has gotten to the point where we might consider an organizational apology, we can assume a person has been hurt, relationships have been broken, and there could be legal liability. Let’s think about what an apology would look like... 

Do I Have to Work on Sundays?

Some jobs require a person to work on the Sabbath. Does the law require you to work on your Sabbath, or does your employer have to accommodate your religious beliefs and let you go to church (or mosque or synagogue or temple)? As attorneys love to say, that depends. Two recent cases in late 2012 give some idea of how employers’ and employees’ rights are balanced in the context of time off for worship. Both cases are based on Title VII, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on religion (and includes all aspects of religious observance and practice)—unless the employer can demonstrate that it cannot reasonably accommodate the religious observance without undue hardship.

The Power of Sorry - Apologies, Legal Liability, Litigation, and the Kingdom of Heaven

apologizingWhy must organizations avoid apologizing? This is a terrific question! I love it because it gets deep into the core question of what law is supposed to do. I believe that a law is one tool to pursue wholeness, completeness, or maturity. This is a philosophy we share, because each of us uses our respective discipline to help clients move in that direction. So—a good legal advisor ... 

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