Help get SAFER into the hands of people who need it most.
Last year ABC news investigations revealed the disturbing extent of sexual violations, trauma and abuse perpetrated against women and children by their clergy husbands. These confronting revelations underscore what we already knew – that the church has too often ignored abused women and, in many cases, enabled abusers and perpetuated violence.
What a desperately sad time for the Australian Church. These reports have taken us into the heart of darkness, and it could not be clearer how urgently we need to change the culture that has failed so many victims.
Common Grace strongly believes that the local church can be a critical support to abuse survivors, which is why we produced SAFER – a vital resource that all church leaders should study and refer to. This project has been a labour of love and we’ve spent years, tears and prayers in putting this all together so that you can access it for free.
Now it’s time to make all our churches SAFER.
Some have asked us about our hopes for this work. Now that we have launched this resource and endorsements have started pouring in, we want to take SAFER Australia-wide. An extra $20,000 would help us to run:
- capital city events
- training webinars
- lead pastor workshops
- a database of Christian DFV specialists
And we would like to focus more on advocating for changes to the government systems that are currently failing victims. These are the kinds of quiet steps needed for true social change within the Church and beyond.
To be honest, it’s a bit daunting.
With next to no money in our campaign coffers, our greatest asset is our people. Our work is largely done by a talented and dedicated bunch of volunteers, who give so much even though they are very busy people with young families, demanding jobs and ministries. But of course it takes more money to run than we have, so we really need your help.
Your donation of any amount would help us reach our $20,000 goal.
We are driven by what will give the greatest support to the abuse survivors we serve. If you want to help us finish the work we have started, please sponsor our vision for SAFER and donate today.
We can promise you it will be money well spent.
Grace and peace,
Nat, Erica, Rachel, Paula, Felicity, Andy and the Common Grace team