Resources for Workers

Show your love for your flock by protecting them from danger.

As a Worker, the Friends look to you for guidance and support. You can keep your fellowship safer by learning about SA and CSA, your responsibility to prevent it, and how you can support victim-survivors.

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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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When somebody experiences a traumatic event, they’re often supported by people in social work, legal and clinical contexts who ask them repeatedly to recount their personal stories. This retelling of these events can exacerbate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and potentially re-traumatize the person.

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(2.5 hours) This course provides an overview of the neurobiological and psychological implications of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment and the information and skills necessary for victim service providers to provide trauma-informed services. You will need to create a free account to access this course.

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~30 Minutes) How we communicate with a person who has experienced sexual violence can impact how they recover and begin to heal. Mirroring language, allowing silences, and not naming a survivor’s experience are key techniques to trauma-informed service provision. This introduction offers some ways to approach working with survivors across the lifespan through a trauma-informed lens. You will need to sign up for a free account to access this course.

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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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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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