Abuse Prevention Day Program CD
The Annual Council voted on September 26, 2001, to add an Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day to the church calendar of special Sabbaths. This will be on the church calendar around the world. The fourth Sabbath in August has been designated as the Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day. The General Conference Women's Ministries will be supplying material that can be used that day just as it does for the International Women's Day of Prayer in March and the Women's Ministries Emphasis day in June.
Women's Ministries will be working with Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Children's Ministries, Youth Department, Education Department, and Ministerial Association in preparing materials for the prevention emphasis day.
Although it is an uncomfortable subject for many people it has become more and more obvious that abuse is a serious problem for Christians, for Adventists. Abuse in any form deforms the body of Christ—for the victim, for the perpetrator, and for the church that is left with the hurting members.
The Emphasis Day will provide an opportunity for local churches to address this issue to educate church members and leadership, and to let victims know that their church cares.