Champakalata devi dasi is a 2nd generation devotee and a disciple of Indradyumna Swami. She has served ISKCON in many capacities: Communications Officer, Chair of the ISKCON KwaZulu-Natal Management Board, Director of ISKCON International Child Protection Office and currently serves as the International Director of ISKCON Prevention of Leadership Misconduct Office. She has degrees in arts, law and teaching and runs her own law firm. She also lectures for the Law Society of South Africa and serves as an acting Magistrate in the South African judiciary.
Sexual Misconduct of Spiritual Leaders: A Workshop for Managers
Sexual Misconduct of Spiritual Leaders. It happens in ISKCON. Local leaders are often held responsible to manage such a situation; one that can be incomprehensible, highly emotionally charged and spiritually reprehensible. Sexual misconduct polarizes communities causing great distress, loss of faith and trust, reduced donations and in many cases lawsuits and even criminal charges. Society in general is demanding more accountability of leaders worldwide: The #MeToo Movement. ISKCON leaders must exemplify the highest standards of moral conduct and devotee care as Srila Prabhupada instructed. What happens when they don’t? As a local leader what should you know? Who is considered a leader? How can you effectively manage a complaint of sexual misconduct? What resources does ISKCON offer? What can do you proactively in your community to prevent this problem?