Online Resources: Sexual Abuse Prevention and Risk Abatement
Free insurance company resources on line:
www.guideone.com/customerservice, click on churches, then safety resources. GuideOne Insurance Company provides free online materials to help churches prevent and deal with sexual misconduct issues. If your church is insured by GuideOne you can secure additional resources at their site: www.safechurch.com
www.brotherhoodmutual.com, click on resources, then risk management. Brotherhood Mutual has guidelines for protecting children and a checklist of Safeguards Against Sexual Abuse. There is also a 32-page booklet called, “Guidelines for Ministry Workers.”
www.churchmutual.com, click on safety resources. Church Mutual has various online brochures and sample forms for staff and volunteer background checks and the protection of children and youth.
Websites: Specializing in Clergy Sexual Misconduct
www.faithtrustinstitute.org, The website of the FaithTrust Institute has free resources as well as resources for purchase. This organization, headed by Marie Fortune, deals with domestic violence, but also has done extensive research and counseling with clergy abuse victims.
www.snapnetwork.org, SNAP (the Survivor Network of Persons Abused by Priests) began as a Catholic-based ministry for clergy abuse victims. It has expanded to work with all denominations and provides resources to assist and encourage victims of abuse.