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Abuse Occurs within a System, Not in Isolation

By Pauline Zimmerman, auther of  I Heard and Saw Before I Knew (2021)

Abuse happens within a system of people; it is not simply between the offender and the victim. It doesn’t occur in isolation, but rather where there is community, family, and friends.

My family laid a foundation for my abuse through an environment and a belief system that they created. For example, my father tickled me inappropriately when I was a child. I slapped him. When my mother saw that I had hit him, she scolded me instead of asking why I slapped him. This gave me the message that I was bad. Here I was attempting to stop his behavior, but his behavior was not important to her and she did not address it.

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38-Minute Training Video Available

This 2020 abuse prevention and healthy boundaries training video is designed specifically for adults volunteering in faith communities, such as churches, camps, or schools. It is available to you and the adult volunteers at your church for a one-time fee of $75. For $200, we offer the video and a one-hour Zoom discussion facilitated by a Dove's Nest expert. See a one-minute preview of the training here!
Steps to access the video:
1. Pay the one-time $75 fee online or by mailing a check.
2. Notify Anna Groff (anna [at] that you made this payment for the video.
3. A link to download or stream the training video will be sent to you in one business day. 
4. The video can be viewed an unlimited amount of times.  

Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children"  (Luke 18:16 NLT).