Abuse - Sexual

We verily, have forbidden you lechery.

Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 49.

A chaste and holy life must be made the controlling principle in the behavior and conduct of all Bahá’ís.

Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of the Divine Justice, p. 29.

It condemns infidelity in marital relationships, and all manner of promiscuity, of easy familiarity, and of sexual vices.

Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 30.

It [a chaste and holy life] demands daily vigilance in the control of one's carnal desires and corrupt inclinations.

Shoghi Effendi: The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 30.

Modesty, purity, temperance, decency, and clean-mindedness, involves no less than the exercise of moderation in all that pertains to dress, language, amusements, and all artistic and literary avocations.

Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 30.

Among the signs of moral downfall in the declining social order are the high incidence of violence within the family, the increase in degrading and cruel treatment of spouses and children, and the spread of sexual abuse. It is essential that the members of the community of the Greatest Name take the utmost care not to be drawn into acceptance of such practices because of their prevalence. They must be ever mindful of their obligation to exemplify a new way of life distinguished by its respect for the dignity and rights of all people, by its exalted moral tone, and by its freedom from oppression and from all forms of abuse.

Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 24 January, 1993.