Conference equips ministry leaders to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Sexual Abuse Summit – a day-long ministry conference focused exclusively on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse – occurs October 23rd at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference, aimed at ministry leaders and currently sold out, provides essential information and resources designed to safeguard children and equip ministry personnel.
Kimberlee Norris and Gregory Love, sexual abuse attorneys and founders of MinistrySafe, will be speaking at the Summit. “While our culture is changing, too many ministries retain the false impression that ‘my church is not at risk’” says Norris. “This misconception leads to low protective barriers and, ultimately, harm to children.”
When ministries do not take proactive steps to prevent abuse, or fail to properly respond to an outcry of abuse, abuse survivors are pushed away from the Church. Child sexual abuse is devastating to the victim, the victim’s family, the congregation and the church itself, creating negative public perception and significant financial loss. Over the past decade, child sexual abuse has been the number one reason ministries have ended up in court.
Offenders are drawn to child-serving programs with fewer protections in place, and the welcoming, inclusive environment common in Christian ministries provides a prime target.
Live stream of the Summit is available for purchase at sexualabusesummit.com/register.