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I am collecting the stories of adult women who have been involved (as adolescents or adults) in what could be considered inappropriate relationships with male clergy, whether the relationship was "an ...
Grace Terry
10/05/2012
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Susan
10/12/2012
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I would just like to suggest two very important websites offering free support for victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse: http://www.thehopeofsurvivors.com http://www.clergysexualabuseawarenessday.com
SamanthaNelson
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) provides treatment to children and adults who are victims of sexual assault and abuse. Feel free to give out our 24 hour crisis number 816-531-02...
MOCSA Staff
03/21/2012
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OVCRC
03/21/2012
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03/21/2012
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Does the clergy have the legal right to work hand in hand with victims? What do victim services employees think of the clergy possibly taking their business away
Daniel Grab
03/21/2012
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SamanthaNelson
03/21/2012
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What should law enforcement pro-actively do, i.e. initiate?
Tim Woods
03/21/2012
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Do you know any jurisdiction that offers an interagency council or other 3rd party team with specialized knowledge that offers actions, guidelines and interventions to victims, mandated reporters or employ...
Margaret Mata
03/21/2012
arrow icon This sounds like an excellent resource. However, What resou...
Margaret Mata
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Are there particular signs to monitor for in children that may have been abused by clergy? What should we tell parents to look for and how to communicate to the children to ask the hard questions?
Martin
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Is there a proactive role for local law enforcement; if so, can you comment?
Tim Woods
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Given the immense amount of coverage on this issue, does the media play a role in encouraging victims to come forward and report acts of abuse? If so, do victims use the media as an outlet to discuss their...
Laura Litvinoff
03/21/2012
arrow icon Great idea, Janet. Thank you!!
Laura Litvinoff
03/21/2012
arrow icon Laura- check with the National Sexual Violence Resource Cent...
Janet
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Laura Litvinoff
03/21/2012
arrow icon Media soundbites often do the exact opposite. They discourag...
Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Josephine Halfhide asks if there are treatment programs specifically to address this population of children abused by clergy, who do not disclose until adulthood? Specific to the Native population?
Josie Halfhide
03/21/2012
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SamanthaNelson
03/21/2012
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Elsie
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News in religous communities spread fast. What can leaders do to make sure that the community is sensitive to the victim, without exposing too much? Also, how can the victim be sheilded from the naysayer...
Jill
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Should we try to persuade the victim to file a report of the abuse? Some times they feel as if it wont matter, due to the community, but it can be an impotrtant step in recovery
Jim
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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What are the barriers to seeing Rape Crisis Centers as allies/resources in this movement? It seems as though many issues/needs run paralel but the two movements do not intersect or work together.
RCC
03/21/2012
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Nancy Sabin
03/21/2012
arrow icon Thank you so much for your response. It is important to note...
RCC
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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If the pastor of a church has been involved in sexual abuse of a parishoner, and he has not been asked to step down from his position, what should happen outside of the vicitm leaving the church. Should th...
Leatrice Hudson
03/21/2012
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SamanthaNelson
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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What is the role of clergy in responding to survivors of clergy abuse? Are they involved in restorative justice practices?
Gloria
03/21/2012
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Elsie
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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Unfortunately, the faith-based community has some of the highest incidence of adult perpetone of children/teens. Yet we still a majority of churches and synagogues that still do not have basic "perso...
Nancy Sabin
03/21/2012
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Rev. Keels
03/21/2012
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START GUEST HOST SESSION - The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Bernard "Skip" Keels and Elsie Boudreau, LMSW to the OVC Web Forum. They are available to answer y...
OVCRC
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