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Karen A. McClintock, M.Div., Ph.D.

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations

A Resource for Leaders

Are you ready to abuse-proof your congregation? If one child or adult is spared the confusing ordeal of unwanted touch, it will be worth your time to read this book. In this comprehensive resource, Methodist pastor and former psychologist Karen McClintock demonstrates that sexual abuse in congregations is preventable and gives clergy and lay leaders the tools they need to prevent it.

Hundreds of congregations in America are safer as a result of this book!

This book shows congregations how to protect children and vulnerable adults, prevent sexual harassment either by clergy or of clergy, and strengthen clergy families by raising awareness of the occupational and emotional risks inherent in pastoral ministry. When you have finished this book, you will be familiar with the conditions in parishes and in the mental health of the individuals within them that lead to risky behaviors.

Reviews of Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Congregations is compelling, to the point, and practical; it is also a must-read for clergy and lay leaders in churches, synagogues, and other religious organizations. This superb book can be easily understood and appreciated by both professionals and nonprofessionals.
Dr. Lawrence J. Ryan
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From the Foreword by Dr. Nancy Meyer Hopkins

Readers will find practical ideas that protect, such as building layout and windows in doors, as well as discussions about high risk pastoral behaviors.   Following the steps outlined in the book, a church board or lay leader team will be able to greatly reduce the risk of abuse taking place within the congregation. 

By reading this book, “You will be equipped to recognize and set sexual boundaries and to open dialogue about these issues in congregations. You will have laughed at, celebrated, and honored human sexual power, pleasure, and vulnerability. You will have gained the knowledge you need, and perhaps the courage, to communicate these ideas within your congregation so that children and vulnerable adults are protected.”

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