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Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan | Report Child Sexual Abuse


should know their obligation to report a possible inci- dent, and the necessity to provide feedback to one an- other concerning questionable behavior. The church does not want to create an atmosphere of fear or sus- picion. Proper training can help workers see how re- porting can be done honestly and discretely without generating undue suspicion or anxiety.


Tip. Be sure to check your state child abuse reporting law regularly. State legislatures tend to amend these laws often. Church leaders need to be aware of any changes.


Thought Provokers • How might delaying on making a report of child sexual abuse impact your church as a whole?


• What fears might hinder your leaders or members from reporting suspected child sexual abuse: desire to avoid embarrassment, personal or legal recrimination, a perception of disloyalty, fear of making a mistake? Be honest.


• What is your church doing to train leaders and members on reporting procedures? n


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