The Committee's mission was to provide resources to God's people to help and encourage them respond well in cases of abuse in the church.
The committee completed its charge in June of 2022 though this is really only the beginning of the work to be done in the church to provide help to victims and accountability to perpetrators of abuse.
The Committee shall prepare an annotated bibliography of resources the Committee endorses on topics related to child abuse and sexual assault, domestic abuse and sexual assault, and domestic oppression. The annotated bibliography should also include pastoral resources for the care of victims of these sins, as well as ministry and counsel for those overtaken by these sins.
The Committee shall report regarding best practices and guidelines that could be helpful for elders, Sessions, Presbyteries, and agencies for protecting against these sins and for responding to them. However, no practice, policy, or guideline will be proposed for adoption or approval. It is simply information, which shall not be binding or obligatory in any sense.
The Committee may recommend to the 48th GA (Birmingham 2020) any statement(s) it believes would be prudent and warranted for the Assembly to adopt.
[Due to the pandemic, the report was presented at the 49th General Assembly in 2022.]