After evaluating hundreds of child sexual abuse cases and identifying patterns encountered repeatedly, Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris created preventative measures tailored to fit the needs of churches, camps and ministry programs. This legal expertise and practical experience shapes the content of Sexual Abuse Awareness Training: the foundation of an effective Safety System.
Awareness Training Overview
Why is Awareness Training important?
For many volunteers and staff members, Sexual Abuse Awareness Training will be the most significant experience they have with MinistrySafe. Many believe that child sexual abuse can’t happen in their church or ministry, or that no one they know could be an abuser. This illusion of safety is often found in churches, schools, camps and mission services.
This illusion is dangerous to both the ministry and the children it serves. Sexual abusers find those places where the barriers of protection are lowest, where people are more trusting and where fewer barriers exist between service applicants and children. In our culture, barriers to entry tend to be lower in church and youth ministries. MinistrySafe helps ministries ‘raise the bar’, and the first step is to better understand the problem.
When volunteers and staff members learn the facts, they are better able to protect children in their care.
What do we need to know to protect our children?
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training is key in equipping staff members and volunteers to better understand the risk of child sexual abuse. Typically, our beliefs are shaped by our personal experience, the experiences of our friends and family and the media. For most of us, sexual abuse of children is not a reality we want to confront, so many of us choose to remain uninformed. Media coverage is incomplete, leaving us with an inaccurate picture of the scope, breadth or shape of child sexual abuse.
To better protect children in ministry programs, we must realize that the problem is significant and growing, and that abusers have no visual profile.
How can we protect our children?
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training provides the first step in MinistrySafe’s 5-Part Safety System.
Industry-Specific Awareness Training
- Camps & Conference Centers
- Youth Sports
- Foster Care & Adoption
- Child Services
- Daycares & Preschools
Ready for the next step in the 5-Part Safety System? The Skillful Screening Process