Quick Reference to Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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Quick Reference for Reporting Abuse and Sexual Misconduct

(Excerpted from the Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Policy for Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, approved December 12, 2013.)

Sexual Harassment

Definition:

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or unwanted sexual attention by anyone associated with the church, whether male or female. Harassment may include references to employment status or conditions or may serve to create a hostile, intimidating or uncomfortable environment. Examples of harassment can include, but are not limited to, persistent and repeated verbal abuse, obscene jokes, lewd comments, sexual depictions, touching, staring or other sexual conduct committed either on or off church premises.

Who is Covered:

All church employees, volunteers or anyone serving the church in any capacity are responsible for helping ensure that our church is kept free of sexual harassment.

How to Report:

If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment, report the behavior to the Executive Staff, Leadership Staff or Personnel Committee. If you have witnessed sexual harassment, you also are urged to report the incident so that prompt action may be taken.

External Reporting of Abuse

Definitions:

Child Abuse

Child physical abuse is nonaccidental physical injury that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child. Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver intended to hurt the child.

Child Sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to, any contact or interaction between a child and an adult when the child is being used for the sexual gratification of the adult or of a third person. This behavior may or may not involve touching. The behavior includes, but is not limited to exhibitionism, sexual exploitation, and pornography. Sexual behavior between a child and an adult is always considered forced, whether or not consented to by the child.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is any abuse and neglect of persons age 60 and older by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust. It may include physical injury, sexual abuse or abusive sexual contact, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect of the elder’s basic needs, abandonment, and/or financial abuse or exploitation.

Who is Covered

Vulnerable populations covered by this policy include

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Elderly
  • Disabled individuals

When to Report:

Any person who believes a child or adult may be at risk for maltreatment is encouraged to report the circumstances.

How to Report Externally

Reporting Child Abuse

To report possible abuse to a child call the Denver Human Services Hotline, 720-944-3000. Be prepared to provide a description of your concern and factual information about the child such as age, address, etc.

Reporting Elder Abuse

To report possible abuse of the elderly or vulnerable adults, call 720-944-2994. Similar to reporting abuse of children, be prepared to describe the situation and to provide factual information such as name, age, and address.

Internal Reporting of Abuse

In addition to fulfilling the requirement to report possible abuse or sexual misconduct externally, whoever makes a report of abuse of sexual misconduct is asked to make contact with one of the following at Montview:

  1. A member of the Montview Executive Staff which includes the Senior Pastors and the Executive Director;
  2. A member of the Leadership Staff which includes the Minister of Children and Families, the Associate Pastor for Youth, and the Minister of Music; or
  3. The Personnel Committee.

 

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