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At the 2000 General Assembly, Executive Vice-President Kay Montgomery provided bold leadership in ministry and restorative justice for victims/survivors of clergy sexual misconduct when she acknowledged constructive action being take to address this issue. She said unequivocally that the Association has largely failed the people most hurt by sexual misconduct (the victims/survivors) and apologized. She pledged that this gap, this failure, will be remedied.
In keeping with this bold leadership, the Panel's report is composed of several sections: an Introduction which includes its recommendations, a theological and spiritual grounding for response and ministry, the view as seen from the perspective of a victim/survivor, the role of victim/survivor advocacy in ministry and response to clergy sexual misconduct, a pamphlet explaining the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) response and ministry to victims/survivors for all congregations, leaders and staff, and finally a glossary of terms.
The Panel urges the reader to digest the report in its entirety, not merely the recommendations since many of the recommendations will only be fully understood in the context of the additional sections.
In summary, the Panel recommends:
The UUA implement a plan of response and ministry to victims/survivors of clergy sexual misconduct with restorative justice as the primary goal. The Association commit to and put in writing a plan with quarterly progress reports to the UUA Board of Trustees; that there be an interim progress report to the 2001 General Assembly with a plan timeline, description of trainings, and how the plan will be implemented; that there be a final report to the 2002 General Assembly describing the implementation of these recommendations and the operation of the program.
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Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.
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