Reporting Sexual Misconduct

MCBC is committed to supporting congregations to ensure that they are safe for everyone.

When sexual misconduct occurs (that is, uninvited sexual engagement of any kind by a church leader) the church takes this very seriously.

Sexual misconduct by church leaders is a topic most people want to avoid. But, unfortunately, the church is not immune, abuse does occur, and the effects can be devastating. It is a topic we need to talk about. Victims deserve to be heard because the harm must be acknowledged, and if ongoing, stopped. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we extend an invitation that we hope will help you move beyond the pain to a place of restoration and healing.

If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by a church leader, your story deserves to be heard and you will be treated with dignity, respect, and without judgment. We want to hear about your experiences in a way that will feel safe, respectful, and supportive for you. Our responsibility is to hear your concerns and to ensure that abuse stops and is investigated thoroughly, respecting everyone concerned.

 

How do I report what happened?

A person who believes that a MCBC minister has engaged in ministerial sexual misconduct or other unethical behaviour may inform our MCBC Executive Minister Garry Janzen, or the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)-British Columbia (BC) End Abuse Program Coordinator, Elsie Goerzen. If you report misconduct, MCBC/MCC will offer a contact person acceptable to you to assist you in preparing a complaint and, if you so desire, in selecting an individual to provide personal support to you.

Garry Janzen, MCBC Executive Minister
Email: garryjanzen[at]mcbc.ca   Phone: 778.242.1185
MCBC Policy for Ministerial Sexual Misconduct:   Ministerial Sexual Policy and Procedure

Elsie Goerzen, MCC-BC End Abuse Program Coordinator.
Email: endabuse[at]mccbc.ca      Phone: 604.845.0841
MCC Resource in PDF:   Understanding Sexual Abuse by a Church Leader Booklet

 

What kind of process is involved?

Your initial conversation will be with Garry Janzen/Elsie Goerzen, a person who understands sexual misconduct and will listen to your experiences and help you determine how you wish to proceed. Garry/Elsie will take notes, but these notes and your story will not go beyond the two of you unless you decide otherwise.  With the support of Garry/Elsie, who receives your concern, you will be able to review your options for how best to address your situation. Together you will assess what steps can be taken to bring healing and ensure safety for yourself and others.

Confidential Submission Form

If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct by a church leader, your story deserves to be heard and you will be treated with dignity, respect, and without judgment. We want to hear about your experiences in a way that will feel safe, respectful, and supportive for you. Our responsibility is to hear your concerns and to ensure that abuse stops and is investigated thoroughly, respecting everyone concerned