The North American Division recognizes that women and children, as well as men, are victims of abuse. God abhors abuse of EVERY kind. We're working to create safe churches through awareness, education, and training.
Help Us enditnow
Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and family violence.
We recognize the global extent of this problem and the serious, long-term effects upon the lives of all involved. We believe that Christians must respond to abuse and family violence both within the church and in the community. We take seriously reports of abuse and violence and have highlighted these issues for discussion at this international assembly. We believe that to remain indifferent and unresponsive is to condone, perpetuate, and potentially extend such behavior.
We accept our responsibility to cooperate with other professional services, to listen and care for those suffering from abuse and family violence, to highlight the injustices, and to speak out in defense of victims. We will help persons in need to identify and access the range of available professional services.
You can launch this campaign on enditnow Emphasis Day, which is the fourth Sabbath in August, or on any other Sabbath that works for your church.
The Summit on Abuse is an annual training event to equip both leaders and lay members to make their churches safe places. Presentations are archived on the Adventist Learning Community.
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THE HARD TRUTH
1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
More than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner each year.
Victims and their families are acquainted with the abuser in more than 90 percent of cases.
Nearly 70% of abuse victims turn to their faith community first when asking for help.