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(RNS) "These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children.”


  1. Thank you for highlighting this. I had the privilege of being in the first wave of signers. I also wrote a post about the church’s response to abuse here:

  2. Proud to be signer #789. This issue impacts not just the evangelical church, but all communities of faith. I survived clergy sexual misconduct in one of the mainline denominations. I call on ALL faith leaders to stand with victims/survivors and hold abusers to account. No more secrecy and silence!

  3. I have researched the problem of sexual abuse among Amish and conservative Mennonites extensively. The problem of sexual abuse is much worse than what most Christians have any idea exists. In some communities it is rampant. The cover up of sexual abuse by church leadership is very common. I am in the process of writing a book titled The Failure of the Great Amish and Conservative Mennonite Dress Experiment which describes the problem of sexual abuse, the Scriptural reasons for it and the solution. I have another article on the sexual abuse topic titled Doug Phillips, Vision Forum and the Bigger Picture that shows the pattern of sexual abuse that is happening in various denominations.