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7 Tips for Safe Relationships at Camp

1.  Model healthy boundaries:

  • Do not engage in intimate or flirtatious interactions with campers or other staff. Consider how your behaviors may be perceived or misconstrued by others.
  • Be modest when changing clothes, in bathrooms, and in swimming areas.
  • Be aware of when you are tired, thirsty, or need a break, and take care of yourself. Make sure the campers do too. Most kids are not able to self-regulate well and may lose control of themselves when they become exhausted or overstimulated.
  • Children and youth who appear to lack boundaries are often the ones who need boundaries the most.

Talking with Kids about Pornography

“Thank you so much for talking about this,” a teenager at Tabor Mennonite Church said more than once.

I talked with youth, grades 6–12, about pornography at Tabor Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, on a Saturday evening in February. The youth discussed the reality of pornography and sexting in society and in their communities. The kids were loved and supported by the adults and youth workers among them as they honestly shared. The time with the youth group was sacred.

Dove's Nest Provides New Resources for 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. Dove's Nest encourages faith communities to take time during April to consider the plight of abused children and find practical methods to end child abuse and neglect in the communities where they live, work, and worship. Dove's Nest has developed the following resources to assist congregations during Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018.

Sexual Abuse—We Need to Talk and We Need to Listen

Adapted from an Oct. 8, 2017, sermon by Connie Zehr at Lowville Mennonite Church in New York

After I graduated high school, I worked in an in-store bakery and would go to work a few hours before the store opened. The butcher also came to work early. After several months, he started showing me pornographic photos and telling me inappropriate stories and trying to kiss me in the freezer or cooler when I had my hands full of boxes.