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Protecting your flock: awareness

By Kirk Evans We live in trying times, in an era when hatred sometimes boils over into violence against strangers.  What was once your safe place — your church sanctuary — is not immune to violent attacks. Criminals can come into your service, armed with intent to murder. To protect what is sacred, you must […]

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Created equal?

Perspectives on selecting the right insurance agent or broker to meet your church’s sexual abuse risk mitigation needs “Has anyone reviewed our insurance program recently? Do we have the correct coverage at reasonable premiums? Does our sexual abuse coverage protect the individual accused or the corporate entity?” Sadly, many church administrators desperately want to know […]

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Peer-on-peer abuse prevention

In recent years, the Risk Management department here at Insurance One has seen a sharp increase in peer- on-peer sexual abuse. As we began to dig into this further, we reached out to attorneys, insurance carriers and companies that specialize in abuse prevention training — and all are seeing the same upward trend.  Our hearts […]

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Making sure you have enough liability insurance coverage for the worst-case scenario begins with your written child protection plan

Church is considered a safe place for healing and to grow in grace. It’s especially disheartening and scary when we see headlines that a predator has made their way into a church with the intent of hurting a child or vulnerable adult. We are likely to see more and more cases coming to light as […]

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Q&A: background check basics

Professional advice on what’s required for volunteers versus staff For many churches, a background check is the only line of defense employed when screening volunteers and staff. Is it enough?  Brian Gleason: A background check is a best practice in searching for any previous convictions since previous behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. […]

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Pioneers in prevention

Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) has led the way on sexual abuse prevention training for more than two decades. Here’s a look at where it all started — and where it’s headed. DTS is lauded as “first in class” for its child sexual abuse risk prevention training, and you’ve played a big part. Tell me about […]

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SEMINARIES AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Equipping ministry leaders

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS continue to make headlines, and subsequent media coverage indicates that ministry leaders tend to be unprepared for child sexual abuse issues. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness is not unusual. Earlier articles in this series introduced topics that church leaders must understand and apply, if children are […]

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April is Abuse Prevention Month: avoiding mistakes — especially related to reporting — plays a major role

FALSE ALLEGATIONS: An Uncommon Occurrence By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris As sexual abuse attorneys working in the realm of sexual abuse and assault for more than three decades, we provide guidance to organizations and individuals who are navigating sexual abuse issues. In the majority of scenarios, an underlying allegation has come to light which […]

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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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Realize the risk

How to assess your church’s child sexual abuse risk points — and how to do (much) better In many churches, leaders think child sexual abuse “can’t happen here.” What’s the reality? Guy A. Russ: Any organization that serves children must understand the statistics: one in four girls and one in 13 boys are likely to […]

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