As a father and a church leader, protecting our children from the devastating consequences of sexual abuse is very important to me. My heart has been broken by the stories of pain and suffering caused by sexual abuse.

Yesterday, I sat in on a workshop by our Diocese explaining our spiritual mandate to protect the children in our congregations. You can watch a recording of this workshop: here. They’ve also launched a webpage dedicated to resourcing this issue that includes our Bishop’s standards and reporting procedures. (http://www.c4so.org/children/)

Predators: Anna Salter

This is an uncomfortable topic, but the Church must intentionally provide our staff, volunteers, and children with boundaries that will protect and nurture them. My eyes were opened to the pathological nature of sexual abuse by the book Predators by Dr. Anna Salter. It is worth your time to read, although it is very difficult.

My children also have a great picture book that the Rev. Justin Holcomb helped create called, “God Made All of Me.” It is a gentle and age-appropriate resource for helping my pre-school aged kids. It equips parents to talk with our children about their bodies and helps them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Available online at Amazon.com.  


Other Resources:

Resources Highlighted by C4SO:
http://www.c4so.org/children/helpful-resources/

Sexual Abuse Awareness Training & Systems:
https://ministrysafe.com/the-safety-system/

Background Checks for Staff and Volunteers:
http://www.lifeway.com/Article/composite-home-background-checks

Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (ACNA) Child Protection Resources:
http://www.anglicandoma.org/pocpolicyPedophiles in the Church

Pedophiles in the Church by Rev. Uri Brito (CREC):
http://uribrito.com/pedophiles-church/

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations (SBC):
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/PreventingChildSexualAbuse-a.pdf

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.