Faith leaders are an essential part of the movement to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and promote offender accountability. Survivors and perpetrators are present in all communities, including religious groups. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 million Louisianans are survivors of sexual violence. Religious texts, traditions, and leaders can be a life-affirming resource, or they can inhibit disclosure and healing. Together, we can learn to be advocates, survivor-activists, and people who influence community norms within our congregations. You can be a part of the solutions!
LaFASA and FaithTrust Institute will be hosting regional summits in Shreveport and Baton Rouge to engage leaders in communities of faith (both clergy and lay leaders) in conversations about the dynamics of sexual violence, how spiritual leaders can respond to survivors in a pastoral manner, and how sexual violence prevention can be a part of a safe congregation. This is a topic for congregations that have taken active steps to address sexual violence, and for those who are deciding where to start in this process. Registration and materials are free, and mileage reimbursement will be provided. We hope you will join us!