Posted today at Richmond Outreach Center Recovery Group:
Good advice for any church or organization.
The following recommendations were made by a former member of the First Baptist Church of Hammond Indiana for consideration by their newly appointed pastor to circulate widely amongst all those in his church, school and college, especially those who receive pay from his organization. I can think of another organization that could benefit from these instructions:
1) If someone comes to you for prayer, counseling, advice or support, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!
2) If you are counseling, advising or supporting a victim of sexual abuse, DON’T RAPE THEM! This is both ineffective and illegal.
3) Use the BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting others, do not go out in public without a buddy who will remind you not to do so. Said buddy should be tough on you, not someone who worships you and will give in to your every desire, whim, and wish.
4) CARRY A WHISTLE! If you are worried you might assault someone on accident, hand your potential victim the whistle and ask him/her to blow it as loudly as they are able. Remember: They should ONLY blow the whistle. They should blow nothing other than the whistle.
5) When you see someone sitting, standing or walking by themselves, leave them alone! If you cannot leave them alone, run in the opposite direction as fast as you can and immediately contact your buddy.
6) If you are in the office with someone else, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!
7) If you are provided with a secretary or assistant to help you with your work duties, please remember it is not within their job description to help you cover up your assaults, rapes or otherwise attacks on others. It is also not in their job descriptions to be assaulted themselves either.
8) Always be honest with others! Do not pretend to be their advisor, counselor, supporter, or friend in order to gain their trust if you plan on assaulting or seducing them. Please realize that if you do not clearly communicate your intentions, those who come to you for prayer, counseling, advice or support may take that as a sign that you do NOT intend on assaulting, seducing and/or raping them. This causes confusion and angst. If it is your intention to assault them and or/rape them, tell them clearly at the beginning of your meeting, ask for their consent in writing and ask two witnesses to sign such consent. Please note: all signatures must be those over eighteen years of age. Please get paper with all signatures notarized prior to taking any action so no one can say they thought you were simply providing them with prayer, advice, counsel or support.
9) Under absolutely NO circumstances may you ever assault or rape anyone under the age of 18. If anything about this statement is unclear to you, please run to your nearest police station, call 911, or contact the child’s parent prior to acting on any of your impulses and ask for clarification.
10) If you are unclear about anything outlined above, or you believe you see a loophole, or you believe there is a special circumstance in which anything stated above does not apply to you, DO NOT ASSAULT OR RAPE ANYONE! Please see a HR representative, a legal counselor, a local police officer, or an FBI agent prior to taking any action. If none of these resources are available to you, please call 911 and seek advice from the operator.
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‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
‘Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland
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