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National Church Forms Response Team on Harassment

By Yelena

Harassment cases that arise within the National Church of Iceland will now be addressed by an independent response team, Vísir reports. The team’s chairperson says his biggest hope is to find there isn’t much work for the team to do.

A three-person team has been formed to manage any cases of harassment, gender-based violence, or sexual violence that may arise within the nation’s largest religious institution. Such cases were previously handled by a council of representatives who work within the church, but the new response team works outside of it.

“This is one of those projects that one takes on where one hopes that one has nothing to do,” stated Bragi Björnsson, the team’s chairman, adding: “We are fully ready to accept whatever number of cases comes up.” The team is now working on a website where it will be possible to report harassment or abuse. Until it is up and running, cases can be reported to members of the team or human resources professionals within the church itself.

In March of last year, the General Assembly of the National Church adopted new procedural rules and a new policy against bullying, sexual and gender-based harassment, violence, and sexual abuse within the church.

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