Sisters Speak: Teaching Members about Sexual Abuse
A long running feature of the Exponent II publication has been the column ‘Sisters Speak.’ This column features a question on a certain topic and answers from various readers. As the Exponent II editorial staff works to put together a new issue of Exponent II, we have decided to revive this feature, and I thought we might get it started by putting our question out on the blog.*
Our first question comes from Emily. She writes, “For the past couple years, I’ve been wondering how the Church could teach/protect its members from sexual abuse. I’m dying to do a lesson in Primary or Relief Society on the topic, but I’m no professional and feel ill equipped to deal open a can of worms without knowing what to do. It kills me because statistically-speaking, I’m sure there are people under my charge who are dealing with sexual abuse in some way. I’m wondering how other wards deal with this.”
-If you were given the chance to do a lesson on sexual abuse, what points would you especially want to make?
-What issues surrounding this topic should people be sensitive towards?
-Have you had any experience with wards approaching this issue? What are the potential pitfalls of doing so?
*some comments will be selected to appear in the publication. We will email you for permission if yours is selected.