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  • 1. Form a Child Safety Committee
  • 2. Create Opportunities for Community Dialogue
  • 3. Screen Employees and Volunteers
  • 4. Assess your Physical Space
  • 5. Implement Guidelines for Interacting with Children
  • 6. Train Adults
  • 7. Support Victim-Survivors
  • 8. Develop Protocols for Responding
  • 9. Empower Children
  • 10. Maintain & Evaluate your Child Safety Program

Support Victim-Survivors

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Why Support Victim-Survivors?

לִמְד֥וּ הֵיטֵ֛ב דִּרְשׁ֥וּ מִשְׁפָּ֖ט אַשְּׁר֣וּ חָמ֑וֹץ שִׁפְט֣וּ יָת֔וֹם רִ֖יבוּ אַלְמָנָֽה׃
Learn to do good. Devote yourself to justice; aid the victim. Uphold the rights of the orphan; defend the cause of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

Supporting victim-survivors is one of the most sacred steps in the work of safeguarding our children. Best Practice 7: Support Victim-Survivors fosters the intentional design of welcoming and supportive spaces for our entire community, including those who have experienced child maltreatment or other forms of abuse. Whether they are public about their personal histories or not, more than a quarter of the participants and leaders in our communities have experienced some form of child maltreatment. When we support and stand with victim-survivors, we send a clear message to everyone in the community. We are here for you. We will work together to create a safer community for our children. Children will learn that if they come forward with disclosures of maltreatment, they will be protected and our organizations will take action.

All too often, victim-survivors are doubted or left without the necessary Jewish communal support, leading to significant secondary trauma. In contrast, when victim-survivors experience an organization as welcoming and trauma-informed, they are more likely to attend, share, heal together, and feel empowered to discuss their experiences. Through this process, communities gain valuable insights, which regularly lead to the increased safety of children. Jews are reminded in the Book of Isaiah that we are responsible for supporting victim-survivors and strengthening them throughout all journeys towards healing.

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