“If the statistics are anywhere near accurate (and there is reason to believe the data grossly under-represents the scope of the problem), at any church activity, children are present who have been victims of child sexual abuse. In medium and larger size churches, dozens of victims are in attendance each time the church gathers.” – Scott Floyd, Baptist Standard
The abuse comes from those we know.
“A child is much more likely to be sexually abused by a recognized, trusted adult than by a stranger.” —Roland C. Summit, The Child Abuse Accommodation Syndrome
Abuse often goes unrecognized and unreported within our churches, schools, and other social institutions.
Many teach fire safety, school crossing safety, or even swimming safety and yet bristle at the thought of personal safety designed to empower children to protect themselves against offenders.” —Victor I. Vieth, “Suffering the Children: Developing Effective Church Policies on Child Maltreatment,”
Why ECAP Exists
ECAP seeks to protect children from abuse by establishing an accreditation process and then auditing services to churches, schools, and organizations. Our team of experts will establish the industry standard for guidelines, requirements, and protocols necessary for child protection and abuse prevention.
ECAP intends to help churches, schools, and ministries understand the complex topic of child protection and abuse prevention.
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