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September 26, 2001

General Conference Committee Annual Council


            God designed our homes to be centers of peace and happiness, models of our heavenly home. However, abuse of all forms is both universal and on the increase. Abuse exists in the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as society in general. Worldwide statistics indicate that many lives are lost or endangered by abuse. Women and children are more often directly affected by this curse, although many men suffer from abuse also.

            The General Conference Women’s Ministries World Advisory has requested that one Sabbath each year be designated as Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day and dedicated to an emphasis on the elimination of all forms of abuse. The project, programs, and presentations for that day will be sponsored by related departments, such as:  Children’s Ministries, Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Ministerial Association, Women’s Ministries, and Youth.  Women’s Ministries will be primarily responsible for organizing and coordinating appropriate activities, including development of material and setup of measurable outcomes within the local church and the community.  It was

             VOTED, To designate the fourth Sabbath in August as Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day and include such in the Calendar of Special Days and Events each year.