The Conference prohibits all forms of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by local church employees, volunteers and members. It is the Conference’s policy that no one affiliated with United Methodist Churches may engage in any form of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct. Anyone violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or removal from volunteer service.
Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse means unwanted physical conduct of a sexual nature, sexual contact or sexualized behavior and may include, by example, touching, fondling, sexual intercourse and other exploitation or use of another person for purposes of sexual desires. Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to rape, sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery, lewd and lascivious behavior, enticement of a child, indecent solicitation of a child, aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, or indecent liberties with a child.
Sexual Misconduct – Sexual misconduct means a chargeable offense within the meaning of Paragraph 2702 of The 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. All local churches are expected to create an atmosphere free of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. Furthermore, all staff leaders and members are expected to immediately report any knowledge of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.