PHYSICAL or MENTAL ABUSE AND SEXUAL ABUSE AND SEXUAL MOLESTATION PREVENTION POLICY
Temple Church does not permit actual or threatened acts of physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse, sexual molestation or sexual misconduct (“prohibited conduct”) to occur in the church, the workplace or at any activity sponsored by or related to it. In order to make this “zero-tolerance” policy clear to all employees, volunteers, church members, family members, individuals and victims, we have adopted mandatory procedures that employees, volunteers, church members, family members, individuals and victims must follow when they reasonably suspect, learn of or witness prohibited conduct. Abuse or molestation means each and all actual, threatened or alleged acts of physical or mental abuse, sexual abuse, sexual molestation or sexual misconduct performed by one person or by two or more persons acting together.
All employees, volunteers, church members, family members, individuals and victims who learn of or have a reasonable suspicion of prohibited conduct must report it immediately to the local/state police, Adult/Child Protective Services at (252) 636-4900, Phil Brannan, Executive Pastor at (252) 633-3330 and/or Sally Gerrald, Executive Assistant at (252) 633-3330 ext. 222.
Investigation & Follow Up
We take allegations of prohibited conduct seriously. Once the allegation is reported will promptly, thoroughly and impartially initiate an investigation to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that the prohibited conduct has occurred and that it was committed by the target(s) of the investigation. The investigation may be undertaken by an internal team comprised of fellow employees, volunteers, church members, family members, individuals and victims and/or we may hire an independent third party. We will cooperate fully with any investigation conducted by law enforcement or regulatory agencies and we may refer the complaint and the result of our investigation to those agencies. We reserve the right to place the target(s) of the investigation on an involuntary leave of absence or reassigning that person to responsibilities that do not involve personal contact with individuals or students. To the fullest extent possible, but consistent with our legal obligation to report suspected prohibited to appropriate authorities, we will endeavor to keep the identity(ies) of the target(s) and the alleged victim(s) confidential. If the investigation substantiates the allegation, our policy provides for disciplinary penalties, including but not limited to termination of the target’s relationship with our organization.If Temple Church discovers an existing or potential employee, volunteer, or church member with a criminal record relating to mental, physical, or sexual abuse, this employee, volunteer, and/or church member will be released immediately and/or not considered for employment or volunteer work.
We prohibit retaliation against anyone, including an employee, volunteer, church member, individual or victim, who in good faith reports prohibited conduct. Retaliation against a participant in the investigation is also prohibited. Anyone who retaliates against someone who has made a good faith allegation of prohibited conduct or intentionally provides false information to that effect will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination and release from any type of employment or volunteer work.