Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church declares that sexual harassment of adults by clergy and church employees are abuses of trust, a violation of the Baptismal Covenant, contrary to Christian Character, and are therefore wrong; and be it further
Resolved, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church establish a Task Force on Sexual Harassment to be appointed by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies to prepare a Model Policy for Sexual Harassment of Adults for Dioceses, including parishes, missions, schools, camps, conference centers and other diocesan institutions. It shall be the duty of the Task Force to study, educate, develop curriculum, and propose policy and standards of conduct on different forms of harassment, and to advise the Church as resource persons. The membership of the Task Force is to be representative as to gender, race and ethnic diversity. The Committee will report to the 80th General Convention and include as part of its report a Model Policy for Sexual Harassment of Adults for Dioceses.
This Task Force is being created to examine the existing diocesan policies in existence throughout the Church and develop a Model Policy to promote consistency and efficiency. Such a Task Force would incorporate legal differences in various locales where the church is found, and provide guidance and best practices to address this issue within our church.
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