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7 strategies for dealing with sex offenders at your church

If a sex offender wants to attend your church — or is already worshipping with you — how would you respond? Roll out the welcome mat? Exclude them entirely? Try to find middle ground? These are questions church leaders regularly face.

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Dealing with a sex offender

By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM If you believe a sex offender has started attending your church, take action. Not doing so could result in significant legal liability if a situation occurs on your property. Step 1: Learn the local laws. First, be certain that the individual is a convicted sex offender. Double-check that the person […]

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & STUDENT MINISTRY: High Risk and Low Barriers

By Gregory S. Love & Kimberlee D. Norris Youth Leader Arrested for Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old Girl screams the frontpage headline of a major metropolitan newspaper — yet again.  As detectives investigate, several other teen girls come forward with additional allegations. Parents of students in the program express hurt, anger and bewilderment: how could this […]

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Pastors: child sexual abuse prevention starts at home!

By Gregory S. Love & Kimberlee D. Norris Headlines related to child sexual abuse continue to rock the Church, and faith-based organizations continue to reevaluate sexual abuse response and resources.  The New Year provides a good opportunity to ‘check in’ on current church practices related to child sexual abuse. We asked Kimberlee D. Norris and […]

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Sexual abuse coverage: 4 key points for 2021 (and beyond)

Working with more than 6,700 southwestern US houses of worship, we’ve unfortunately seen many church sexual abuse cases in our 38 years in business at Church & Casualty Insurance Agency [ www.ccia.com ]. The coverage and risk management landscape surrounding sexual abuse has changed greatly over the years, and I’d like to address four key […]

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND INSURANCE COVERAGE

Navigating the newest challenges By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris On July 1, 2021, virtually every news outlet ran the story: Boy Scouts Offer to Compensate Sexual Abuse Victims in Historic $850 Million Bankruptcy Settlement (USA Today) Yet another reminder that sexual abuse risk demands our attention to implement effective prevention measures AND develop an […]

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PEER-TO-PEER CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Protecting Children from Other Children

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Where child sexual abuse is concerned, peer-to-peer abuse provides the curveball of sexual abuse risk. To recognize and address it properly, a ministry must be watching for it. Common fact patterns Peer-to-peer sexual abuse — children molesting or abusing other children — unfolds in predictable patterns. Some years ago, […]

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Should your church accommodate known offenders?

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Our church just completed a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Policy. Will you review it and tell us if it’s adequate? We frequently encounter this (seemingly simple) question in our law practice. In reality, the issue is multi-faceted and complex, and tends to kick off a broader discussion. In the […]

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BEYOND THE BOY SCOUTS: Third-party use of facilities and sexual abuse risk

Can ministries be held financially responsible? By Gregory S. Love, Esq. & Kimberlee D. Norris, Esq. On May 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection, largely in response to mounting sexual abuse allegations and civil lawsuits. This bankruptcy filing further complicates liability concerns for organizations (churches, schools, camps, conference centers) that […]

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Child sexual abuse and insurance coverage

Avoiding Common Pitfalls By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Every church — whether it’s multi-campus or a recent plant — deals with insurance coverage. Ministry leaders tend to gravitate to the least expensive policy options and often lack knowledge about what they should be looking for when securing coverage related to child sexual abuse risk. […]

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