Beyond society in general, I think the church needs to increase efforts to make church a safe haven and a refuge for those who have been abused. To do such, I think that we need to:
- Condemn any and all abuse of power in the church.
- Condemn any and all sexual abuse in the church.
- Stop the ridicule of safety measures.
- Reject all questioning of a victim’s complicity in the abuse.
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All I can think is this: if we’re failing to help victims of sexual aggression and violence feel welcome in the church, what are we even doing?