Many faith communities across the spectrum are taking a breath and asking themselves hard questions after this week’s release of the investigative report into the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee conducted by Guidepost. Sexual abuse and harassment are not unfamiliar issues for either private or public organizations. While we detail a long list of recommendations specific to our investigation in our report titled, “The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s Response to Sexual Abuse Allegations and an Audit of the Procedures and Actions of the Credentials Committee,” the following considerations are meant to be a helpful tool as faith environments consider how to handle known or future concerns around sexual abuse and harassment.
 The term state also includes the District of Columbia, the 5 major U.S. Territories and federally recognized Indian tribes.