Accompanying Survivors of Sexual Harm is a trauma-informed resource that offers education and support of Christian clergy and lay leaders as they respond to sexual harm in their communities. It lays out plans for workshop-based sessions, which aim to educate clergy and lay leaders about
- Understanding the nature of sexual harm and its prevalence in New Zealand society.
- Being alert to and responding in a pastorally sensitive manner to people within their community who have experienced/are experiencing sexual harm.
- Identifying and articulating some of the scriptural and theological foundations that work to justify/legitimise/enable sexual harm while silencing the voices of victims/survivors.
- Identifying and articulating some of the scriptural and theological foundations that work to challenge and resist sexual harm.
- Exploring how their church might work to create a safe space for victims/survivors of sexual harm.
The toolkit will be of value to anyone in a church leadership position, including those training for Christian ministry and those who have extensive ministry/leadership experience. It is intentionally ecumenical in nature and does not require knowledge of any one denominational tradition.
While some of the content relates specifically to the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, most of the material can be adapted and used further afield. There is space offered throughout the sessions for participants to discuss how issues pertaining to sexual harm relate to their own communities. Participants also have opportunities to consider how their own cultures, contexts, traditions, and languages will help shape their role of accompanying victims and survivors.
The toolkit is free for anyone to download and use. If you have any queries about the use of the toolkit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this resource is a useful and meaningful tool for all those who accompany victims and survivors on their journey.
Download a copy of the toolkit here: