“Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” – Protecting children and youth in and for trusting relationships

IV. Sexuality and social structures that enhance social trust

Protecting children and youth in and for trusting relationships

A strong and healthy family is a significant factor in the development of healthy individuals. The context of a healthy family nurtures growth, enhances trust, and offers protection.
This is especially true for children and youth as they grow into sexual maturity.

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Violence Against Women and Children

The deafening and disabling silence that has surrounded the abuse of women and children is being broken. We now know that overwhelming numbers of women and children in our churches and communities are being battered, raped, emotionally and psychologically abused, and physically and sexually assaulted. The abuse occurs in communities of every racial composition and every economic status, in rural areas as well as cities, in families adhering to every religion and to no religion. Silence will no longer shield us from our complicity in the violence nor from our failure to overcome it.

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Rights of Children

Once considered the property of their parents, children are now acknowledged to be full human beings in their own right, but beings to whom adults and society in general have special obligations.

Thus, we support the development of school systems and innovative methods of education designed to assist every child toward complete fulfillment as an individual person of worth. All children have the right to quality education, including full sex education appropriate to their stage of development that utilizes the best educational techniques and insights.

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Pornography and Sexual Violence

Our position on pornography is clear: We oppose all forms of pornography. We support laws that protect women and children and incarcerate those who are purveyors in the “industry” that instigates and expands child and adult pornography activities.  


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On Protecting Children from Abuse

WHEREAS, The Bible stresses the protection of and care for children, as evidenced by: its condemnation of the ancient pagan practice of child sacrifice (Leviticus 20:1-7; Ezekiel 16:20-21); its special regard for orphans in the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 24, 26); and the teaching of Jesus, who welcomed and valued little children (Matthew 18:1-5; 19:14); and

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Statement on Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific form of child sexual abuse, is defined as any sexual activity between a child and a parent, a sibling, an extended family member, or a step/surrogate parent.

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Sexual Abuse/Molestation of Children or Youth

Programs for children and youth are some of the most needed and valuable ministries in local churches. Increasingly, Metropolitan Community Churches are developing excellent youth and children’s ministries. A key mark of excellence in such programs is the assurance of a safe, healthy environment for children and youth. Failure to do so presents one of the highest risks of legal exposure for local churches. In today’s environment, leaders of a local church should carefully assess the need based upon its own mission and ministry objectives, then count the cost for these activities.

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