After receiving  a disclosure of sexual abuse  

A Guide for Pastors - protocols and Pastoral Care.

Applied redemptive theology








The Parable of the Good Samaritan

is about stopping to give first aid

and taking a wounded man to a safe place

to recover.

   without conditions

purely obeying the command

to love ones neighbour


Listening to the story of a survivor with love  grace acceptance and compassion is very helpful

it's parallel to narrative therapy with one addition - prayer.

    My suggestion to any Pastor not sure what to pray is a simple prayer.

     God help [ name ]

This simple but powerful prayer gives a Christian survivor hope.

no longer alone.  We will have asked God to help.

   God is all knowing

   He knows the survivor's story and need. 


  I suggest the role of an evangelical or Pentecostal Pastor is to build faith

to encourage the survivor to "hope in God."

   Many times the Lord has brought Psalm 42 to my mind



Part of a multidisciplinary team

   from the point of hearing a survivor's disclosure and offering comfort and support

and Mandatory Reporting the disclosure

and hopefully arranging ongoing Pastoral Care

   we as Pastor's are , or should be part of a multi disciplinary team

                even if the professionals are not connecting

As a Christian survivor I want and need my Pastor to be part of the team.


 on the contarary please do not attempt to "be the expert"   no one is.


 Survivors need:

sexual assault counsellors

trauma release counsellors

and a range of health care professionals