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DETAILS

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

In this session, Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris, Co-Founders and Directors of MinistrySafe, will discuss legal reporting requirements related to suspicions or allegations of child sexual abuse within the Church. Church leaders must understand and comply with mandatory reporting requirements in each state where services are provided.

Topics include:

Reporting Requirements

  • To Whom to Report
  • Trends in Legislation
  • Best Practices for Reporting

Common Obstacles to Reporting

  • Fear of Making a False Allegation
  • Prioritizing Brand over Individuals
  • Historical Allegations
  • ‘Hearsay’
  • Distrust of Law Enforcement or the Child Protection System

Creating a Culture of Communication

  • Communicating to Victims, Parents and Congregation
  • Internal Plan of Communication
  • External Plan of Communication

Where child abuse is concerned, WHEN IN DOUBT, REPORT!

WHEN:

June 11, 2024–12:00 noon to 1:30 pm


WHERE:

Rooms 143-145, Level 1 of the Indiana Convention Center

Registration Required with Attendance

Registration open through May 28, 2024

SPEAKERS

GREGORY LOVE

GREGORY LOVE

Gregory S. Love, managing partner at the Fort Worth, Texas law firm of Love & Norris, is the co-founder of MinistrySafe, MinistrySafe Institute and Abuse Prevention Systems.

An expert in legal standards of care related to child sexual abuse, he has consulted with organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Center for Safe Sport, Awana International, Trail Life USA, North American Mission Board, and scores of faith-based organizations and denominations. Love provides instruction and continuing education training to risk management professionals, and performs internal evaluation of industry controls and standard of care issues related to child sexual abuse. He currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Dallas Theological Seminary, teaching the only existing seminary-level course addressing sexual abuse risk: Preventing Sexual Abuse in Ministry Contexts. 

KIMBERLEE NORRIS

KIMBERLEE NORRIS

Kimberlee D. Norris is a sexual abuse trial attorney: representing victims of abuse and allegation response counsel to ministries of all sizes. An acknowledged authority in legal standards of care, Norris has trained over 3.5 million child-serving staff members and volunteers, live and online, since 2005. Representative clients include the U.S Olympic Committee, Bright Horizons Daycare, AWANA International, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Perimeter Church, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Brentwood Baptist Church, Mariners Church and Ridge Haven Camps. She currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Dallas Theological Seminary, teaching the only existing seminary-level course addressing sexual abuse risk: Preventing Sexual Abuse in Ministry Contexts.

Seats Are Limited

Preventing Sexual Abuse:
What leaders should KNOW

Preventing Sexual Abuse:
What leaders should KNOW

Learn how to protect children from sexual abuse with an effective SAFETY SYSTEM.

MinistrySafe and the Southern Baptist Convention are working

together to protect children from sexual abuse.

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Is Sexual Abuse Really That Big of a Problem?

1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18

1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18

  • Protective barriers in the Church tend to be critically low, creating a target for predators

  • Ongoing failure to address this issue results in increased risk to children and students in ministry programs

The average convicted offender may have between 50-150 victims

The average convicted offender may have between 50-150 victims

  • Less than 10% of sexual abusers will EVER encounter the criminal justice system

  • There is NO visual profile for molesters

  • Most molesters appear helpful, trustworthy and responsible

The average abuser molests his first victim by age 13 or 14

The average abuser molests his first victim by age 13 or 14

  • 90% of victims are abused by someone they
    know and trust

  • Abusers come from all segments of society and many are married, educated and have families

The average age of criminal prosecution for the convicted abuser is 35 years of age

The average age of criminal prosecution for the convicted abuser is 35 years of age

  • Sexual abusers groom children and gatekeepers prior to sexual behavior

  • Staff Members and Volunteers are gatekeepers and MUST understand and recognize the abuser’s ‘grooming process'

These statistics apply to YOUR ministry.  

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MinistrySafe provides a complete
Child Safety System designed to
reduce the risk of sexual abuse.

 

MinistrySafe provides a complete Child Safety System designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse.

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