The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published new guidelines about abuse in hopes of increasing understanding among members. The leaders of the Young Women organization met on April 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah, as April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to Mormon Newsroom.
“We are continually looking for ways to strengthen our proactive program to combat abuse and care for those whose lives have been harmed by this evil practice,” according to Mormon Newsroom.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints notes that abuse victims are innocent and, the Church provides resources to prevent and stop abuse in order to insure safety of children.
“Since 2006, all classrooms in new chapels and meetinghouses have windows so parents and others can help watch over our children and keep them safe,” according to Mormon Newsroom. “The Church is in the process of retrofitting older buildings with windows in classroom doors.”
At least two adult leaders at a time are required to attend any youth activity. For younger children, two responsible adults must attend activities when men are on a teaching assignment.
“If those convicted of child abuse pay the legal price for their crimes and undergo the rigorous repentance process, they can be forgiven and may regain their membership,” according to Mormon Newsroom. “As Christians, we believe in forgiveness, but forgiveness does not necessarily mean it is safe for a former abuser to work with children.”
Saints have a duty to safeguard children and can do this through reporting any unacceptable behavior whatsoever and addressing problems through proper Church leadership.