Gender-based Violence

The social message on “Gender-based Violence” seeks to raise awareness about the growing level of gender-based violence in U.S. Society. “Gender-based violence” includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual abuse, physical and sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and sexual harassment.  The message was developed in light of existing ELCA social teaching documents such as statements on race, ethnicity, and culture and sexuality; the message on commercial sexual exploitation and the policy resolution on domestic violence.

You can read or download the full social message on “Gender-based Violence” and “Gender-based Violence Documentation.” This social message was adopted in 2015 by the Church Council of the ELCA.

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Engage with the Gender-based Violence study guide.

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