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IMB’s commitment to the protection of children

Children are a precious resource and their care and protection is a top priority. IMB’s policy is that sexual or physical abuse of a child by IMB personnel will not be tolerated. A single act of sexual abuse by IMB personnel, regardless of when that act occurred, will result in permanent termination of employment or volunteer service with the IMB. A single act of physical abuse by IMB personnel, regardless of when that act occurred, will result in appropriate corrective action, up to and including termination of employment or volunteer service with the IMB.

Any person under the age of eighteen is considered a child.

The term “IMB personnel” includes all IMB missionaries (whether serving in the United States or overseas), employees serving in the United States, personal services contractors serving in the United States, and short term mission team members, and volunteers (serving in United States or overseas).

The term “Sexual Abuse” of a child includes, but is not limited to the following: committing, allowing to be committed, or threatening any sexual act upon a child, including, without limitation, fondling of breasts or genitalia in or outside of the clothing, masturbation, oral–genital contact, digital penetration, vaginal intercourse, or anal intercourse; any action undertaken with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any individual; indecent exposure in the presence of a child; allowing a child to view sexually explicit or pornographic material; allowing a child to be used in creating any sexually explicit or pornographic material; or allowing a child to witness a sexual act.

The term “Physical Abuse” of a child includes, but is not limited to the following: any action that causes or threatens to cause a non-accidental physical injury to a child; placing a child in a situation where the child is likely to be injured; neglecting or refusing to provide adequate food, shelter, emotional nurturing, or health care to a child; failing to provide adequate supervision in relation to the child’s age or development level.
 

Reporting suspected sexual or physical abuse of a child by IMB personnel, or
Reporting suspected sexual or physical abuse of children of IMB personnel

Any suspected act of sexual or physical abuse of a child by IMB personnel or sexual or physical abuse of children of IMB personnel should be reported immediately to IMB leadership. Suspicions should be reported even if there is uncertainty as to whether the activity meets the definition of sexual or physical abuse. You may report such abuse by either providing:
 

  1. An oral report to the confidential telephone hotline maintained by the IMB for receiving reports of possible sexual or physical abuse
  2. USA number – 866-211-4648
    Outside USA – 804-749-3254, or
  3. A written report to this confidential e-mail address: childprotection@imb.org

When a report of suspected sexual or physical abuse is received, immediate action will be taken by IMB leadership to assess the situation, according to written policy. IMB will investigate all allegations of abuse involving IMB personnel and children of IMB personnel, no matter how long since the alleged abuse occurred. Measures shall be taken to address any applicable government reporting obligations.