1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys
will be sexually abused as children.
Of their perpetrators, 34% are family members, 58% are acquaintances, and only 7% are strangers to the victim. These frightening statistics represent an alarming danger in our culture. There is a growing need to ensure our churches, schools, or ministries are free from abuse and safe places where the next generation can focus on hearing and learning the Word of God. It’s not enough to have broken hearts for the abused, as ministry leaders, we must ensure justice for survivors and the end of abuse. This begins with you – pastors, administrators, teachers, parents, and volunteers, who desire to steward the lives around them, from children in their care to vulnerable adults in their ministry. The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention exists to help churches, schools, and non-profit ministries create these safe environments.
*Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and US Bureau of Justice
Jenna Quinn is a triumphant survivor of sexual abuse, author, TED speaker, and the survivor behind Jenna’s Law. She has become a valiant warrior against sexual abuse of children and adolescents through education and legislation. With a master’s degree in communication studies, Jenna has spoken for over 100 Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country and has reached international audiences sharing her unique and inspiring story with legislatures, law-enforcement, abuse prevention groups, schools, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the general public for over 14 years. She moved into political action in 2007, reaching out to Texas legislators about the need for schools to adopt age-appropriate curriculum on child sexual abuse, now known as Jenna’s Law which was passed in May 2009. In 2017, Jenna’s Law was amended to include sex trafficking prevention education in schools. Over half the country has adopted a form of Jenna’s Law since its origin in 2009.
D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, CA and as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at California Baptist University. Previously he served as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute, a church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries. He earned his Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is working on his Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored eight books; G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith (both by Moody Publishers); Letters of the Revelation: To the One Who Conquers, To The One Who Conquers (Youth Study); Authentic Love (all through Lifeway Publishers); and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace. On October 22, 2019 his newest book, Intensional, was published through NavPress. He and Elicia have been married for 16 years, and they have have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Is your church, school, or ministry doing what it should to protect children and vulnerable people? Join us on March 4 in LA for this free informative workshop led by Theresa Sidebotham, attorney at law and expert on abuse prevention.