This book takes a holistic approach by providing insight into the behavior and nature of sex offenders within the church. The text covers various types of sex offenders as well as their criminal propensities and methods of acquiring victims. Warning signs associated with sex crimes within the church are explained as well as security measures and prevention strategies that church leaders and criminal justice professionals can utilize to minimize risk to congregants. Discussion questions and case study scenarios are provided to allow the reader to examine relevant issues and explore a range of potential solutions and interventions.

This comprehensive book is intended for criminal justice academicians who teach courses on sex crimes and sex offenders, criminal justice agents (police and investigators), seminary professors and students, and clergy members. It can also assist security teams, church board members, leaders, and teachers in developing intervention and prevention strategies. 

chapter Chapter 1|7 pages

A Christian Perspective

Historical and Modern Contexts

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders in the United States

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

In the Name of the Father

Sex Crimes in the Church

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

Predators Among Us

Church Leaders and Parishioners

chapter Chapter 5|12 pages

The Victim's Lament

Warning Signs and Consequences

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

An Essential Priority

Maintaining Church Security

chapter Chapter 7|12 pages

Protect This House

Leadership Prevention Strategies

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

What Will the Neighbors Think

The Church's Response to Sex Crimes

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages

All God's Children

A Known Sex Offender in the Church

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

The Scales of Justice

Legal Issues for the Church

chapter Chapter 11|8 pages


A Way Forward