3.3.A Reporting (Alleged And Actual)
Incidents Of Child Abuse
All known and suspected cases of child (under 17) abuse are to be phoned in on
the hotline as soon as possible from the time of knowing the information.
When you have gained information about alleged child abuse by a person with Ray
Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ that has allegedly happened during
involvement with the church:
1) Report the information to 1-800-635-1522
2) Call the Pastor and the Moderator.
Pastor: Rev. Br. Benedict 607-280-0374
Moderator: Veronica Floyd: cell: 1-262-347-9716
3) The Moderator will telephone the Police. If the
Moderator is not available, the Pastor will telephone the police. The Moderator
and Pastor will confirm your report of the information to 1-800-635-1522.
4) The Moderator will call an emergency meeting with the Pastor and the Council
and a Leadership Team if one is involved.
5) The Pastors and Moderator will make contact immediately with the family of
the child to assure our support, comfort, empathy and concern. If a family
member is the suspected offender, then follow the instructions of the local
Keep a written documentation of all actions you are taking during this process,
noting calls made, time, length and content of calls and conversations
regarding this alleged misconduct.
The alleged offender is to be removed from the activities of the church until
such a time as law enforcement officials resolve the allegations.
The alleged offender is entitled to pastoral care.
When answering all investigative questions have a minimum of one other Church
Councilperson present. NEVER answer questions without at least one other Church
Council member present. There should be a lawyer present as well.
The Council will draft a public statement, in consultation with legal advice,
to be given to the Congregation, and the media (if necessary). The Council will
designate a spokesperson, if the media makes inquiries. Do avoid giving details
of the allegations in any public statements. Be sure it is clear our first and
primary concern is for the alleged victim and their family and friends. The
alleged victim is to be the center of our after care when an alleged incident
All allegations will be investigated and responded to immediately. All
allegations shall be taken seriously.
The alleged victim, their friends or family is never to be blamed for any of
the circumstances, or any of the reactions the allegations may cause in the
church. The alleged victim must always receive unreserved support from the
leadership of the church.