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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    [ Does this apply to monks in D.C. ?  nd ] http://www.oca.org/news/2209 Charter of the OCA s Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee posted Posted 07/10
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      http://www.oca.org/news/2209

      Charter of the OCA's Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee posted
      Posted 07/10
      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
      CHARTER

      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.
      BACKGROUND
      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.
      DUTIES
      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
      Office.
      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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