This section defines terms used in this report, in the context of their current usage in our Unitarian Universalist denomination.
Actions causing physical, emotional or psychological damage to another person, usually in the context of a power imbalance between the Victim and the abuser. See "Sexual Abuse."
A person appointed with the authority of the UUA, and accepted by a Victim/Survivor, whose role is to listen, to inform such person of the procedures established by the UUA, and other options, for confronting Clergy Sexual Misconduct, and to accompany the Victim/Survivor through these procedures. An Advocate does not function as a lawyer or therapist, but seeks to provide safe spaces for the Victim/Survivor, to facilitate truth-telling, and to restore community.
A minister who, during the period while significant healing remains to be accomplished, serves a Congregation which has experienced Clergy Sexual Misconduct by a previous Minister.
An expression, to a person wronged, of genuine sorrow and regret for behavior acknowledged to be a breach of applicable ethical standards and a violation of trust. Apology can be an essential long-term precondition for Forgiveness.
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Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.