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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Risk Management

Volume 4 . Chapter 10 . § 10-04.3
Key point 10-04.3. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent selection for the sexual molestation of minors by adopting risk management policies and procedures.

Incidents of sexual misconduct involving minor victims can be devastating to the victim, the victim's family, the offender, the church leadership, and the church itself. The good news is that churches can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents by taking a few simple precautions. These precautions are addressed more fully in the resources noted above. Here is a summary of eight risk management strategies:

1. A Written Application Form

Churches can significantly reduce their risk of legal liability for negligent selection (and the likelihood that an incident of ...

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