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 adopt.