The Importance of Church Security :: Keeping Kids and Youth Safe

Kent Shaffer —  August 4, 2006

If your church does not have an employed or volunteer security team, get one. The world can be an ugly place. Consider the following statistics from Family Watchdog:

  • 1 of 5 girls will be sexually molested before her 18th birthday.
  • 1 of 6 boys will be sexually molested before his 18th birthday.
  • 1 of 5 children have been propositioned for sex over the Internet.
  • 2 of 3 sexual abuses are perpetrated against teenagers or younger children.
  • 90% of sexual assaults are committed against someone the perpetrator knows.
  • The median age for male molestation victims under 18 is 9.8 years old.
  • The median age for female molestation victims under 18 is 9.6 years old.
  • There are new 400,000 victims of sexual assault every year.
  • There are over 550,000 registered sex offenders in the US.
  • There are over 100,000 sex offenders that fail to register in the US.
  • 76% of serial rapists claim they were molested as children.
  • Over 40% of male juvenile delinquents were molested as children.

Churches without a security team or background checks for volunteers are an open invitation to predators.

Special thanks to transitionpete.org for highlighting the statistics.

Kent Shaffer

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7 responses to The Importance of Church Security :: Keeping Kids and Youth Safe

  1. Funny how things spread around the blog-o-sphere. It is actually pretty cool when important information like this is transferred. Pete got the stats off my blog, I got them off the RestonBaby blog, and I’m sure the Reston women found them somewhere else. Maybe the information super highway isn’t all bad eh. Its also interesting how information changes contexts as it moves from blog to blog. Ainsley (on RestonBaby) used the stats to highlight a website about sexual offenders living in your neighborhood. I used them to talk about what porn is doing to our world. And now your using them for church safety. All good causes.

    Nice blog.

  2. Brenton, I’m glad you pointed that out and placed credit where credit it due. It’s pretty amazing how info gets transferred so quickly and we often don’t know who said what when and so forth. It would seem important, at least to me, that we credit our source when we share material and information that is not our own.

    I know that you’re probably not super upset about it, but it’s important that we get facts straight. All in all… I suppose that the pointer to me let’s them know that I got the info from you, which you had gathered from Family Watchdog. ;-)

    You’re right, though, those are all good causes to share such information for.

    I appreciate ya, Bro!

    And YES! ChurchRelevance.com is a good site!

  3. That is great information.

    I have been the director of church security here in the Dayton area for the past 6 years. When I first put together a team, there was virtually no information available. About a month ago a friend and I stated to post items of interest to the church security community. We have listed a number of items such as recommended training, sample polices for the security team, medical team, incident reports, training videos on ASP batons, physical restraints, deadly force, low profile CCW and a presentation to the church management on why a team is needed. Please check it out.
    http://www.churchsecuritymember.com.

  4. The main place to get church security information is at The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management. It has been around since 2002. http://www.nocssm.org

    Kind’a wierd you couldn’t find it Jack……… Just Google Church Security.

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