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Charter of the OCA's Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee posted
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- The Orthodox Church in America's Sexual Misconduct Advisory
Committee (SMPAC) held a teleconference on July 6, 2010.
The SMPAC advises the Office of Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations
(Office), which is under the authority of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and
coordinated by the Chancellor, Archpriest Alexander Garklavs.
Among other important issues, the SMPAC discussed that there is a
misunderstanding as to the purpose of the Committee. Some members of the Church
mistakenly believe that the Committee is supposed to investigate complaints of
sexual misconduct. The SMPAC is not investigating any current cases or
allegations, since that goes beyond its adopted Charter. The Charter had been
blessed by His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH and adopted on May 20, 2010.
Previously cited in a release on the OCA website on May 27, 2010, the complete
text of the Charter appears below.
ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee (“Committee”) was created by
Metropolitan JONAH on January 28, 2010 to work with and assist the Office of
Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations (“Office”). The Committee was initially
known as the “Sexual Misconduct Allegations Review Committee.”
AUTHORITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND SUPERVISION
The Committee is under the authority of the Metropolitan, and is chaired by the
Chancellor of the Church, who is the day-to-day supervisor of the Office. The
Committee operates in an advisory capacity only and does not assume any
responsibility for the handling of sexual misconduct allegations, because that
responsibility properly belongs to the Diocesan Hierarchs and the Office,
according to the Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct.
Committee members are appointed by the Metropolitan.
The complexity of sexual misconduct allegations requires a multi-dimensional
awareness of issues and skills in various disciplines, so that allegations of
misconduct may be considered from several perspectives -- spiritually,
ethically, legally, clinically as well as pastorally. Overlapping and
interrelation between these disciplines can best be addressed by a team
approach, such as via a standing advisory committee to assist the Metropolitan
and the Office.
1. Provide advice on how to improve both the content and effectiveness of the
Church's Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct.
2. Assist in reviews of the extent to which the Church's Policies, Standards,
and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct are implemented in practice and how
compliance with them is ensured.
3. Assist in finding and nominating qualified professionals, who would be
called on to do investigations when occasions arise.
4. Assist in developing increased and improved training for clergy, Church
employees, and applicable laypersons to enable a better understanding of their
duties under the Policies, Standards and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct,
including their mandatory reporting obligations under various state laws.
5. Assist in any other requests for advice made by the Metropolitan and the
INITIAL MEMBERSHIP (as of March 1, 2010)
Archpriest Alexander Garklavs (Chair), Archpriest Eric Tosi, Archpriest Michael
Matsko, Archpriest Theodore Bobosh, Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, Dr. Nikita
Eike, Mr. James Spencer, Esq.
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