September 24, 2023, is the annual Caring Well Sunday for Southern Baptists.
The national statistics on sexual abuse are overwhelming:
- One in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexual abused before they turn 18 years old.
- One in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
- One in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some for of sexual violence in their lifetime.
The most common places sexual predators search for victims is in youth activities such as school, sports, and church. Churches need to understand why this issue matters in light of the gospel and how it should be addressed. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has provided a bulletin insert titled, “5 Ways the Gospel Shapes Our Approach to Sexual Abuse,” for your churches to print and share during Caring Well Sunday.
The ERLC hopes this resource serves you well as you seek to lead your church in caring for your congregation and community.