Support for Victims
What To Do if Abuse Occurs
Guide for Temple Presidents/School Administration
When a child reports that he or she has experienced any of the behaviors detailed above, serious attention should be paid to the report. While not every child’s story is actually a report of abuse, the truth needs to be determined to prevent further harm to the child or further false allegations.
The following initial steps should be taken if anyone has come to you with a concern of abuse:
- Follow local laws concerning mandated reporting of suspected or confirmed abuse. These laws may entail that the first step after hearing about the abuse is to contact the police and/or the State Child Abuse Hot line. In any case, be sure to contact these government authorities as soon or sooner than the law requires you to do so. After contacting these government agencies, cooperate with them fully.
- Remove child from situation of suspected abuse.
- Remove suspected abuser from situation near children.(Ensure that suspected abuser does not have access to, or interact with, children.)
- Call the local Child Protection Team.
- Give the child love and support.
- Put the family in touch with local support groups for abused children and their families.
- Hold istagoshti to intelligently inform community of facts, actions taken to protect child, and cooperation with police investigation.
- Prepare press release of information of facts, if necessay. Please first check with ISKCON Communications Office.
Make sure all information is relayed to the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection.