First of all I was shocked to realise that there is child abuse within our church, however it is a sad reality that among us there are even child molesters.
I never met one, nor I heard for one in my conference, but have heard about one in another one that was fired after allegations.
My personal opinion is that a person who actually did abuse anybodey ONCE, for example he is a clerigy-man should immidiatly be put out of job and reported to police.
Why? There has to be zero tolerance for such cases, becouse once you start to pass over it, abuser feels safe and abuses again. Also there MUST BE NOT coverup of such case. Why? becouse NT instructs us not to participate in works of darkness, rather to expose them.
Worst case scenario is if a person is abusing and Church is silencing the victim, and protecting abuser. Why? Becouse then sooner or later, TRUTH will come out. TRUTH can not be hidded for a long time, it comes out. I guess it’s obvious that it is disgusting in God’s eyes if you do such stuff.
If abuser is clerigy man
a) not 100% shure he in fact molestor
1. REPORT TO LOCAL CONFERENCE
2. IF ALLEGATION IS TRUE, CONFERENCE MUST REPORT TO POLICE
b) 100% shure that child has been molested
1. FIRST GO TO POLICE
2. AFTER PERSON IS PUT ON TRIAL AND SENTENCED, THEN GO TO CONFERENCE AND ASK THEM TO KICK OUT SUCH PERSON OUT OF THE CHURCH
If person is layman, do the same!
I repeat, if you act on that way, no shame and no lawsuits against the Church will be made, if you turn a blind eye, you will face legal judgement, from both federal judge, and Jesus Christ.
Sexual abuse is not internal Church matter, it is a matter of criminal investigation, trial and verdict. it’s not shame that there are molesters within our Church, the shame is if Church is hiding those molestors from justice.
What happenes if you don’t react? Remember Pitcairn island and massive abuse that was going on there, Church was silent, and pastors said they knew nothing about it. But was it really so? I can hardly imagine. However it is important to notice that in that case, no pastor was involved, it was layman who were abusers. What to do then…? Just go to police!