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.