The Sexual Exploitation of Children

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BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Havana July 5-8 2000,

RECALLS that Jesus Christ” took little children in his arms and blessed them” as an expression of his love and concern;

RECOGNISES that children all over the world are subjected to abusive relationships perpetrated by adults and tolerated by communities and governments;

BELIEVES that the sexual exploitation of children is one of the most vile forms of child abuse and must not be tolerated in any manner; and,

CALLS upon member bodies to oppose the sexual exploitation of children wherever it exists, to provide aid and comfort to the children who are the victims of such abuse and to pray for all children everywhere.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2000 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2000), pp. 84-85.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3 The Sexual Exploitation of Children;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2000.3).

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