- MSCASA Faith based training is tailored to help faith based organizations and religious institutions know how to support survivors of sexual violence within their congregation and engage in prevention.
- Traditionally, people have turned to their pastor or faith leader for guidance and counsel regarding many issues in their lives.
- People seek support from their faith because it can be a powerful force for healing. For this reason it is good to be prepared ahead of time to respond to any needs that may come up.
- Even if you do not plan on offering specialized services, it is likely that at some point a member of your community will disclose an instance of sexual assault during the course of confession, during the course of marriage counseling, in a youth ministry group, or in Sunday school—so it is wise to have your staff prepared.
- For many people who have been sexually abused, it is extremely difficult to disclose their past, and you may be the first person they are telling.
- It is important to consider some of the reasons someone may not wish to share about their experience.
- Fear based on threats made by the perpetrator
- Fear of creating family turmoil, especially if the perpetrator is a member of the family
- Guilt and the belief that it was their fault
- Perpetrator may be a church member or official or family member
- Children are taught to obey adults
Training topics include, but are not limited to:
- Advocacy and Mobilization of Religious Institutions
- Dismantling the Misconceptions of Sexual Violence
- Navigating Philosophical Differences and Engaging Dialogue Within Faith Communities
- How Sexual Violence Impacts Spirituality
- Understanding and Respecting Religious and Cultural Influences
- Common Reactions to Trauma
- Role of Faith in the Healing Process
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