Resources for Friends

You can create a safer community for yourself and your loved ones.

A community can only be as safe as its members: learn how to support victim-survivors, what choices you have when you feel unsafe, and what part you can play in keeping your community safe.

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SA and CSA are terms that refer to two different types of criminal sexual acts. Understanding what SA and CSA are, how the Bible and the law require us to respond to SA and CSA, and how and when it occurs in the Truth is an important step in creating a safer community.

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100% safety at any gathering is never guaranteed, but thorough SA and CSA prevention policies can help deter potential predators. For convention-ground-owners, thorough policies can show due-diligence in case something happens on your property.

These questions can help you decide how safe you feel attending or hosting a convention.

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The abuse of power is all but inevitable unless there are systems of accountability that prevent it. When we treat power as a collective responsibility, however, power becomes a way for us to correct harmful dynamics.

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In early December 2023, Friends banded together to commit to creating safer fellowship by implementing policies within their meetings. This statement of commitment was spearheaded by Friends in the Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma regions of the United States. We applaud their bravery and encourage you to stand with them in this commitment.

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Help keep others and yourself safer by learning what grooming is and how to recognize the warning signs.

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This 23-page guide from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape contains a general overview of sexual violence. It includes some tips on communication, the common questions and concerns, the long-term effects, and how significant others can be affected.

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In this video, Dr. Lee Cordell from the Institute for Trauma & Psychological Safety discusses what collective trauma is, how we can move forward as individuals and as a community, and how we can create psychical and psychological safety for those affected by collective trauma.

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When we’re stressed — whether because of difficult conversations or triggering experiences — our body puts us back into a state of emotional dysregulation. This free video from The Institute of Trauma and Psychological Safety can help you break out of a triggered state and feel safe again. Watch the video, or download a step-by-step pdf.

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Emotional regulation is what helps us control how we experience and navigate our emotions. Practicing emotional regulation can help us respond to difficult situations in a way that is healthy and helpful to us and others.

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These self-paced modules explain, in very accessible ways, how stress and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assaults and other traumatic experiences. They explain the key brain circuitries involved, including the prefrontal cortex and the defense and habit circuitries. They provide a foundation for understanding brain-based experiences and behaviors that have important implications for supporting and working with victims of sexual assault and other violence.

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