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This is the third video clip on the Integrity of the Ministry. To reduce risk factors and increase protective factors, Stéphane talks about three key actions: prevention, intervention and, above all, education.
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Our confrere, Stéphane Joulain, who is the Delegate for the Integrity of the Ministry in the Society, announces the publication of his book (in French) “Combating sexual abuse of children. Who is abusing? Why ? How to cure?”, which will be published by the French Publisher Editions Desclée de Brouwer on March 8th, 2018. The book is in presale on amazon.fr at the price of € 17.90 or on the website of laprocure.com.
The book will probably be available also, in due course, on Amazon in its electronic edition (Kindle format).
Stéphane had submitted a Ph.D. thesis on this subject at the University of Ottawa in Canada. It is, to our knowledge, the only book that deals with this subject in the French-speaking world. To read absolutely.
“The issue of child sexual abuse in our societies, but also in the Church, is a scourge that dramatically impacts the lives of thousands of children, as well as families around the world. It is the wish of ICMA to equip its students in the fourth year of theology (a year of deepening of theological knowledge and acquisition of skills essential to the new challenges of pastoral care) with the necessary skills to develop within mission, a safe environment for children and vulnerable people.
From November 13 to November 24, the ICMA School of Theology is pleased to welcome Fr. Stéphane Joulain, Missionary of Africa, Doctor in Counseling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. and specialized in cases of sexual abuse. Fr. Stéphane Joulain, who is now working with the Center for Child Protection (CCP) of the Pontifical Gregorian University (http://childprotection.unigre.it), will animate during this period and for the students in the fourth year of Theology, a session entitled “Preventing the sexual abuse of minors. Building together a safer Church for all.” This session will be sanctioned by a “Certificate in Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Minors” issued jointly by the CCP of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan.”
( Taken from the website of the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan )
Here is the second video-clip on the Protection of Children prepared by Stéphane Joulain. The third one will be put online at the beginning of January 2018.
Meant for training within the Society of the Missionaries of Africa, this video clip is the first of a series of videos clips that will be promoting the active protection of children and vulnerable persons. The training is given by Fr. Stéphane Joulain, PhD, M.Afr.
A few years ago Cash Investigation was investigating on the manufacture of mobile phones by miners. Journalists knew that Nokia, Samsung, Microsoft and Appel and others were illegally using minors to procure strategic metals such as to mount smartphones in the factories. As usual, those responsible, aware of this illegality but able to surround themselves with protection systems, fled any interview and denied the obvious. Above all, the shareholder’s profit should not be reduced in the areas of work ethics or children’s rights, especially when it happens abroad. Thanks to the tenacity of the journalists, the demonstration was made. For those of us who work in areas deeply contaminated by child slavery in the African Great Lakes countries, this success has been greatly appreciated. Certainly, watching the show, we realized the methods of these journalists. But why are they called “investigative journalists”? …
Read the article of Bernard Ugeux, M.Afr., IN FRENCH ONLY (apologies) on his blog :
During the second half of March (2017), our confrere, Stéphane Joulain, gave two sessions and a series of lectures on the subjects of the Protection of Minors and the Integrity of the Ministry in Abidjan. Within the framework of the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan (ICMA), he gave two sessions of one-week, the first to the Missionary School of Action and Development (EMAD), and the second for students in the fourth year of theology. These two sessions were organized in connection with the Center for the Protection of Children (CCP) of the Gregorian University. It was two great experiences, which stimulated reflection and increased the determination of our future missionaries. A question remained very much with them at the end of the session: “Why the silence of the churches on this subject. And some did not hesitate to ask that the whole Church could be formed on this question: priests, bishops, religious, laity. They also testified and shared about the presence of abuse in Africa in families and institutions. Their sharing of experiences was of great richness. It was possible to observe the excellence of the training given to the ICMA and the human and spiritual maturity of those who will soon ensure the proclamation of the Good News. In addition to these two weeks of training, Stéphane Joulain gave twice two lectures of two-hour to the students of the Society of African Missions (SMA) and also to the students of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in Fraternité Lavigerie. These conferences dealt with the Integrity of the Ministry, but also addressed more current issues such as the place of the Internet and the problem of pornography and the management of sexuality for a consecrated person.
A big thank you to all those who ensure the formation of our confreres, and a big thank you for the quality of welcome of the community of the Fraternité Lavigerie.
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