Sexual conduct by a ministerial leader is a difficult subject. The decision to come forward and file a formal complaint which names the offense involves much courage. We hope the information on this website will be helpful to you in assuring you sexual misconduct is about the abuse of power. It is about leaders failing to uphold the fiduciary duty to always act in the best interest of the other. Contact us if we can assist you during this time.
This toolkit has resources to encourage dialogue to help people identify, understand and respond to the reality of sexual misconduct.Download Toolkit Here
Helpful Book Resources:
Victim to Survivor – by Nancy Poling
Sexual abuse of Women by Members of the Clergy – by Kathryn Flynn
Sex in the Forbidden Zone: When Men in Power Betray Women’s Trust – by Dr. Peter Rutter
Is Nothing Sacred? When Sex Invades the Pastoral Relationship – by Marie Fortune
How Little We Knew: Collusion and Confusion with Sexual Misconduct – by Dee Ann Miller
The Truth about Malarkey – by Dee Ann Miller
What about Her? A True Story of Clergy, Abuse, Survival – by Beth Van Dyke
Betrayal of Trust: Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct – by Stanley Grenz & Roy Bell
Questions & Answers about Clergy Sexual Misconduct – (from the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute) by Dr. Elizabeth Horst
When Pastors Prey – by Valli Boobal Batchelor
A Guide for Conference and Congregational Leaders | by Bonnie Glass McDonald © 2006
“After Clergy Sexual Misconduct: The Process for Congregational Healing”Read/Download the Guide
More Important Resource Links
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Clergy sexual misconduct study. "Clergy sexual misconduct with adults is "not an affair" nor is it consensual." - Diana Garland, dean of Baylor School of Social Work and co-author of this study
A multi-faith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.
Brandeis University. The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project works to create Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, meaningful consent, responsibility, and female (as well as male) pleasure, untainted by slave-holding values.
In 2012, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church affirmed its support of a rigorous program of ministerial readiness regarding professional ethics, sexual ethics, healthy boundaries and self-care. These guidelines for teaching professional sexual ethics pertain to all University Senate-approved seminaries and Course of Study schools.
If you are planning an event on topics that may trigger emotions about personal experiences – abuse, grief, divorce, etc., consider including a Compassionate Listeners program in your planning and leadership.