Promises of Change Are Not Evidence of Change: On ABWE, the Pii Report, and Christianity Today

This past weekend Christianity Today published an article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra titled Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped. This article was written in response the release of a report created by Professional Investigators International (Pii) on their investigation of the sexual abuse allegations that had dogged the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) since the early 2000s. If you're a longtime reader, this will sound familiar. If you're not … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard and the Dynamics of Abuse

Yesterday I found out that a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl decades ago has been made director of a teen pregnancy center. This made me think about all of the ways abusers within the church gain renewed access to positions of power (I'm sure it happens outside of the church as well, but this is the area I'm most familiar with). Curious, I looked up Bill Gothard to double check precisely what he's doing today. I arrived at www.billgothard.com. The website is … [Read more...]


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10 Revelations in the Lawsuit against Bill Gothard and IBLP

Last week, I published a summary of the allegations included in an ongoing lawsuit against fundamentalist guru Bill Gothard and the Institute for Basic Life Principles, which he founded in the 1980s and spent three decades running. The lawsuit focuses on Bill Gothard and IBLP's negligence in failing to report abuse and failing to train their employees to recognize and report abuse, and at its center are allegations that Bill Gothard spent decades grooming, sexually harassing, and molesting te … [Read more...]


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A Summary of Allegations against Bill Gothard and IBLP

It has been nearly two years since Bill Gothard stepped down from leadership at his ministry, the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), amid a growing number of accusations that he sexually harassed and molested girls and young women in his employ. This past October, a group of individuals filed a negligence lawsuit against IBLP. This lawsuit has been amended, and Bill Gothard is now named as well.This week, Homeschoolers Anonymous obtained the text of the lawsuit, which involves … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard Defenders Center Obedience

Bill Gothard was taken down largely as a result of efforts by a website named Recovering Grace. This website was founded and run by alumni of Bill Gothard's various ministry. They initially intended to focus on his theology and argue that he taught a pernicious brand of legalism that ignored or overshadowed the grace of God. Hence the name Recovering Grace. Ultimately, Gothard's downfall was ensured as first one, then two, then dozens of women came to the Recovering Grace team with allegations … [Read more...]


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Doug Wilson: Jamin Wight Not a “Sexual Predator”

Oh boy. So I've written before about Doug Wilson's excuse-making for serial child molester Steven Sitler, but I haven't written much about the other child abuser in Doug Wilson's closet---Jamin Wight. Long story short, while Jamin was a student at Doug Wilson's seminary and boarding with a Christ Church family, he sexually (and psychologically) abused the family's daughter, Natalie, for years, beginning when she was 13 years old. Jamin was ten years the girl's senior.When the abuse came to l … [Read more...]


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Doug Wilson: Steven Sitler Is Not a Child Rapist

Remember last May when the Duggar parents gave an interview in which they noted numerous times that their son, Josh, had only molested his sisters over their clothes (except for that one time when it was under, but only for a few seconds)? “This was not rape or anything like that," they insisted in an obvious effort to minimize what Josh had done. Well, Doug Wilson took a page out of their playbook last week when he wrote the following: The twittermob has been circulating numerous untruths, amon … [Read more...]


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