Gender-Based Violence Task Force
The mission of the Gender-Based Violence Task Force is to walk new paths that alter past understanding of inadequate responses to gender-based violence.
As a result of the resolution that came out of the 2014 Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly, it our hope to lift up the problem of gender-based violence and to equip leaders and lay people in education and resources surrounding this issue.
Why is this important? According to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, among women aged 15-44, acts of violence caused more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. In the 21st century, gender based violence is still at pandemic levels.
It is almost impossible to conceive the magnitude of violence committed against women, most of it at the hands of the men in their lives. The myth of rape and murder being committed by that stranger in the night belies the darker truth that women are being used as punching bags (and worse), by men they know and love.
The recent cases of public rape and violence against women in India has seen protest in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe for India to change its 'rape culture.'
Though we may not realize it, objectification and abuse based on gender happens around us every day. Help us shed light into this darkness.
You can also get involved with the Gender-Based Violence Task Force by emailing Emma Wagner.
Resources for Church Leaders
If you need help right now
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger regarding Domestic Violence, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit their website;
Contact the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Contact the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
Provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual assault, their friends, and families over RAINN's website.
Contact Turnaround (Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence in Maryland) Hotline at 443-279-0379 or visit their website.
Specifically for Faith Leaders
One In Three Sermon Guide - Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is not an easy topic to discuss, to preach about, or to counsel. However, it is real, widespread, and prevalent in our society and in all cultures. The objective of the “One In Three” Sermon Guide is to help pastors and other faith gain awareness of this critical issue and provide basic tools to help them discuss it with their churches and communities and, when applicable, mobilize them to take action.
Broken Silence: A Call for Churches to Speak Out - Protestant Pastors Survey on Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Speak Out Sunday - October 11, 2015 is an annual day for people of faith to preach, pray, and learn about the epidemic of sexual and gender based violence in our communities, so that together we may end it.
Myths About Rape
Screen The Line - a documentary empowering young leaders to end sexual violence
You can read the resolution passed by the 2014 Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly here.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is currently working on a social message about gender-based violence. You can learn more about the project and download the draft of the social message online.
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