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WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association is committed to affirm and
promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and
WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association holds that sexual abuse and
exploitation of children and youth are contrary to the principles of Unitarian
Universalism and mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually harmful as
well as immoral and unethical; and
WHEREAS, the effects of sexual abuse and exploitation are long-term, and
healing is slow;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1985 General Assembly urges member congregations to
explore the issues, causes, and treatments of the sexual abuse and exploitation
of children and to encourage inter-generational programs which provide children
with a positive, caring, open, and constructive relationship with adults; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges the Religious Education
Section to make available materials for children and youth providing information
on how to protect themselves from sexual abuse and exploitation plus resources
to help them if they have been abused or exploited; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges the Board of Trustees of the
Association to develop, using qualified, expert, and involved sources, a code of
ethics for persons working with youth and children for use in all UUA sponsored
programs and as a model for congregations and districts to
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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