Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Abuse: An Overview of Legal and Practical Issues
Sexually abusing children is an endemic evil that destroys lives. Religious organizations must devote time, energy, and money to prevent, stop, and heal abuse whenever it is found. This paper examines the current landscape of this kind of abuse, then it addresses prevention and wise approaches to investigations. Finally, it discusses litigation in this area. One major mission’s Chief Financial Officer has said, “The continued work of the mission is just one bad child abuse case away from being ended.” Organizations must get it right to protect children and the organization, and when abuse has happened, do what they can to heal the wrong.
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