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  • Pastor or Predator? A Conversation at Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry

    PASTOR OR PREDATOR? A Conversation at Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry Blog Post #12 August 15, 2017 Linda Crockett I was honored to be invited by Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry to write an article for their on-line platform ENGAGE on the topic of youth ministers and sexual abuse in youth ministries.   ENGAGE […]

  • Samaritan Safe Church – Allies in the Movement to End CSA

    Allies in the Movement to End CSA Blog Post #11:  July 20, 2017 by Linda Crockett, Director of Samaritan Safe Church/Safe Places In the world of social justice movements, being an “ally” to those who have suffered systemic and structural injustice can be challenging, and even contentious. Today’s activists are passionate and committed to their […]

  • Survivors as Leaders in Resistance & Protection

    Survivors as Leaders in Resistance and Protection Blog Post #10:  February 20, 2017 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation In the new social-political landscape that is emerging in 2017, one thing seems clear:  those of us who care deeply about protecting the most vulnerable have much work to do.  And survivors of sexual abuse […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – Post-Election Landscape: Unsafe Churches?

    Post-Election Landscape: Unsafe Churches? Blog Post #9:  December 5, 2016 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation Exquisitely sensitive to abuse of power and the silence that only protects the perpetrator, survivors have wisdom that the church, families and the larger community need to hear, even though it may be uncomfortable. Our work with […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – 2016 Election Impact on Survivors of Sexual Abuse

    2016 Election Impact on Survivors of Sexual Abuse Blog Post #8:  November 10, 2016 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation In our SafeChurch work, we encourage congregations and leaders to protect children from sexual abuse, as well as to create healing space for the many adult survivors among us. Over the past 3 […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – Religious Leaders Step Up to Support Reform of PA Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse

    Religious Leaders Step Up to Support Reform of PA Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse Blog Post #7:  May 13, 2016 by Linda Crockett, Director of SafeChurch/SafePlaces Christian faith community leaders are adding their voices to the growing cry for reform of PA’s Statutes of Limitations to support access to justice for survivors, accountability for […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – Internet Pornography and Shaping Youth Culture: A Theological Problem

    Internet Pornography and Shaping Youth Culture: A Theological Problem Blog Post #6: December 17, 2015 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation In Samaritan’s SafeChurch work to build a national social movement to end child sexual abuse, I have the great privilege of drawing upon the wisdom of leaders in the field that bring […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – Desecrating the Temple with Child Sexual Abuse: An Invitation to Outrage

    Desecrating the Temple with Child Sexual Abuse:  An Invitation to Outrage Blog Post #5:  November 10, 2015 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation Most people have heard that being sexually abused in childhood can lead to lifelong struggles with depression, anxiety, addictions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and suicide.  Less well known is that we […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – Dry Bones Rising: Ending Child Sexual Abuse

    Dry Bones Rising: Ending Child Sexual Abuse Blog Post #4:  August 24, 2015 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” Ezekiel 37: 4 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation What sets Samaritan SafeChurch apart from the generic “safe church” and […]

  • Samaritan SafeChurch – What Lies Beneath: Child Sexual Abuse and Suicide

    What Lies Beneath: Child Sexual Abuse and Suicide Blog Post #3:  May 18, 2015 by Linda Crockett, Director of Education & Consultation With sexual abuse impacting one in four girls and one in six boys before they reach age 18, it is imperative that, along with resources to help those who have experienced it, leaders in […]

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