The Journal

Editorial commentary on the fight against sexual abuse in our churches and homes

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March 28, 2020

Does this really happen?

Author: Steve Price, MD
“That does not happen here” was my first response when I was explained the problem in 2015. While conducting the Galilee program five years ago, one of the interns tearfully poured out her heart concerning her sexual assault when 11 years old. What was more startling was that the perpetrator was a person in fellowship […]
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November 30, 2019

Canadian Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers

Author: PHS Ministries
A selection of Canada-specific hotlines to services helping with abuse, trafficking, mental illness, missing children, and other situations.
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November 30, 2019

United States Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers

Author: PHS Ministries
A selection of US-specific hotlines to services helping with abuse, trafficking, mental illness, missing children, and other situations.
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November 15, 2019

Going to Jail with Jesus

Author: James McCarthy
Thoughts on whether church elders are qualified to counsel child sexual abusers.
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November 11, 2019

Help make your church a safer place for children.

Author: PHS Ministries
We would like to think that “church people” and Christian ministries are among the safest people and places for children, but this is not true. One convicted child abuser said: If ministries of your church do not currently have safeguards in place to protect children from abuse, speak to the leadership and encourage them to […]
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November 11, 2019

Do you know what to do if a child tells you he or she has been sexually abused?

Author: PHS Ministries
The Stop It Now! campaign advises: A. Stay steady The child will look to you for cues that they will be okay. Unquestionably, sexual abuse can change a child’s view of the world. Yet, regardless of how devastated you are, they need to believe that they will be alright, that they are not “damaged goods.” […]
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November 11, 2019

Realize that most children do not tell their parents that someone has sexually assaulted them. For this reason, parents must speak to their children about it

Author: PHS Ministries
According to a child abuse prevention campaign in the United Kingdom and Ireland called Stop It Now!: There are many understandable reasons why a child victim of sexual abuse is not likely to tell anyone about their abuse. Often, the abusive adult will convince the child that they won’t be believed or that they are […]
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November 11, 2019

Report suspicions of child abuse to law enforcement or child protective services

Author: PHS Ministries
The United States The U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It can help you understand your responsibilities under the law of your state. If you know of a child being abused, report the matter directly to a local or state law […]
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November 11, 2019

Check if the name of a suspicious person is on the U.S. Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

Author: PHS Ministries
The NSOPW is an unprecedented public safety resource that provides the public with access to sex offender data nationwide. It is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial, and tribal governments, working together for the safety of adults and children. This registry is named in honor of 22-year-old college student Dru […]
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November 11, 2019

Learn the warning signs that a child is being abused

Author: PHS Ministries
The Mayo Clinic defines child abuse as: Physical abuse. Physical child abuse occurs when a child is purposely physically injured or put at risk of harm by another person. Sexual abuse. Sexual child abuse is any sexual activity with a child, such as fondling, oral-genital contact, intercourse, exploitation or exposure to child pornography. Emotional abuse. Emotional child abuse […]
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November 11, 2019

Guard your children against exposure to pornography

Author: PHS Ministries
Daniel P. Huerta, a licensed clinical social worker and Vice President of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family writes on Kids and Pornography.
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November 11, 2019

Familiarize yourself with resources to help you train your children to be informed and strong

Author: PHS Ministries
Learn about two recommended children's books that speak to kids at their level and help parents gently approach delicate subjects.
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November 9, 2019

Empower your children to resist and rebuff sexual predators

Author: PHS Ministries
Read NSOPW's advice on talking to your children and teenagers about sexual health, safety, and abuse.
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November 9, 2019

Learn all that you can about child abuse.

Author: PHS Ministries
Learn how the Canadian Red Cross instructs their trainees on how to identify varying forms of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse.
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