Abuse and #MeToo
See the resources below for understanding, preventing, and responding to abuse in the church. To begin with, the following phrases should be avoided at all cost!
Practices to Avoid
Cycle of Abuse: When an Abuser Uses the Church by Center for Family Violence Prevention; church version by Kaitlin Shetler
Why Adult Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse Are Not to Blame by Mark Scheffers
4 Problems with Andy Savage’s Apology by Ashley Easter
She's Not That into You: how men overrate women's interest
How Clergy Sexual Misconduct Happens: A Qualitative Study of First-Hand Accounts by Diana R. Garland & Christen Argueta
Resources for Addressing Abuse
History of Violence Checklist: an eye-opening list of behaviors that constitute abuse
What You in the Congregation Need to Know about Clergy Misconduct (English and Spanish).
Understanding Sexual Abuse By a Church Leader or Caregiver by the Mennonite Central Committee
See also videos on our video page, such as:
Theology of Suffering
The Danger of Civility
Some of our book recommendations will also provide best practices to recognize and avoid abuse.