Church to pay 2.3 million dollars to abuse victims.
Not an unusual headline. Claims against churches and religious organizations exceeded 500 million dollars last year. Why? In part because church members become like family—and no one suspects, or screens, their family. And religious organizations don’t always have in place safeguards that non church groups may use. Unfortunately, child molesters exploit the trusting atmosphere of churches to take advantage of unsuspecting parents and vulnerable children.
We know that managing risks in religious organizations requires sensitivity. Risk management must not interfere with the mission of the organization or with the intimate, sanctioned relationships between its members and clergy. At Praesidium, we work with churches of all faiths, religious orders, dioceses, and youth-ministries to set standards that ensure safety. We can help you balance your risk management needs with the sanctity of your mission.