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In an effort to provide the most relevant and useful content, we may provide links to non-WELS resources. WELS is not responsible for the content on external websites. WELS is not officially endorsing these websites, nor does WELS endorse all content on these sites.

1in6

1in6 helps men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. 1in6 also serves family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources.

24 Hour Hotline

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a 24 hour hotline if you believe you have seen a missing child or encounter sexually exploitive images. NCMEC also has resources that parents, churches and schools can use in teaching children online safety.

Congregational Guidelines for Dealing with Sexual Offenders

These guidelines, developed with the help of law enforcement, abuse experts, and church workers, provide carefully crafted counsel for churches. Safety of children and youth is foundational to the document, while finding safe ways for congregations to serve an offender spiritually within his specific legal restrictions. This downloadable guide is produced by WELS Special Ministries.

Disabled Children

A report from the Department of Health and Human Services that provides a number of resources to respond to the risk of child abuse and neglect among children with disabilities.

Emotional Psychological Abuse

The American Psychological Association has completed a comprehensive study on the potential long-term impact of psychological abuse.

Freedom for the Captives – Policy Experts

Experts are available to help churches and schools develop effective policies for their ministry. We can provide sample policies templates and provide guidance concerning best practices. E-mail freedom@wels.net.

GRACE

Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment is a Christian organization of child abuse prosecutors, psychologists, and other professionals who provide training, publications, and other child abuse prevention resources to families and churches.

Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse

HAVOCA provides support, friendship, and advice for any adult whose life has been affected by childhood abuse. HAVOCA

Juvenile Sex Offenders

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a summary of research on juveniles who commit sexual offenses against other children.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Child Abuse Resources. This website, created by a Missouri Synod (LCMS) Task Force on child abuse, contains articles, prayers, coloring books and other resources that may help churches and families in responding to the sin of child abuse.

Male Survivor

an organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism. Male Survivor

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Resources include a national hotline (800.656.HOPE), resources, information, and education and training. RAINN

Safe Kids

Act Against Violence (ACT) Raising Safe Kids Program is designed to help parents raise healthy children and to reduce the risk of physical or emotional abuse. The program was developed by the American Psychological Association and its effectiveness is supported by research.

Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative

A comprehensive report prepared by the United States Department of Justice that details our current knowledge about adults and children who commit sexual offenses. The Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative  report may help clergy or others who must monitor convicted sex offenders in a congregation or in directing sex offenders to appropriate treatment and other resources that research indicates can lower the risk of recidivism.

Sexual Behaviors of Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Evaluation Sexual Behaviors in Children. Parents, clergy, teachers, and others may struggle with discerning a child’s sexual behaviors. This article helps sort out normal and abnormal sexual behaviors in children and offers guidance when professional assistance is necessary.

Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma

The Matty Eappen Foundation has resources to help prevent abusive head trauma in infants, which is commonly called Shaken Baby Syndrome. The foundation also has a grant program to assist families impacted by this form of child abuse.

Special Ministries Mental Health Needs

Informational brochures and counselor information to help Christians make informed choices as they choose a mental health provider when suffering from abuse or addiction.

Standing Up for Children

Standing Up for Children: A Christian Response to Child Abuse and Neglect. All churches and schools need to be safe places where leaders actively work to prevent abuse. Freedom for the Captives (FFTC) offers online training videos taught by experts Mr. Victor Vieth, director of education and research at Zero Abuse Project and Prof. John Schuetze, a seminary professor and counselor. To learn more, check our training webpage. To request the training for yourself or your group, please complete our online learning registration form.

Teaching Children Internet and Personal Safety

Zero Abuse Project has a number of resources for parents, schools and churches in teaching children personal safety.

Teaching Children Resilience

The Search Institute has developed tools for parents and schools to use in teaching children perseverance and resilience, including a connection to faith.

The Ace Study

The CDC and Kaiser Permanente have studied the impact of child physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences on our health. It is important to consider the potential impact on child abuse and neglect on our health and to discuss these issues with our medical and mental health providers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The ACE Study

The Centers for Disease Control 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published a guide to assist youth-serving organizations in limiting the possibility of child abuse within an organization.

The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Registering, Apprehending and Tracking

(SMART) is a United States Department of Justice program that monitors federal law on the registration of sex offenders. The SMART website has resources that can help churches or others understand registration laws in a particular state. Tags: Advocates, Ministry Leaders

Trafficking

Shared Hope International offers resources to assist in understanding and responding to the trafficking of children.

Zero Abuse Project

Zero Abuse Project (ZAP) is an organization committed to transforming institutions to effectively prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse. Zero Abuse Project offers many excellent training courses, including “Keeping Faith: Empowering the Faith Community to Recognize and Respond to Child Abuse.”