Bob Jones University Ignored Sexual Abuse for Decades

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser(Editor's note: Welcome back to the world of blogging. Bruce, you've been sorely missed.)Under attack over their handling of sexual abuse and rape complaints, fundamentalist Christian university, Bob Jones University, hired GRACE (Godly Response for Abuse in the Christian Environment), to do an investigation.  Towards the end of the investigation, Bob Jones ended its contractual arrangement with GRACE and refused to allow any report to be issued. The outrage over this was such that Bob Jones was forced to re-contract with GRACE and the report has now been released. … [Read more...]

Why I Cannot Support Frontline Family Ministries’ Abuse Prevention Week: Part Six – Recommended Resources

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By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator, cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous ***** In this series: Part One, Introduction | Part Two, Kalyn’s Secret | Part Three, Kalyn’s Secret (Continued) | Part Four, Not Open | Part Five, Unmask the Predators | Part Six, Recommended Resources | Part Seven, Conclusion ***** … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson, Child Abuse, And Dead Little Bunnies

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Reposted from Homeschoolers Anonymous HA note: Kathi is a Bible-belt midwest transplant to the beautiful Pacific northwest. After homeschooling her kids for 10 years (she decided that high school math and science were not her strongest subjects), both kids are in public school. She is a former church goer and finds herself in that unstudied demographic of middle-aged Nones. She has a B.A. in Urban Ministry and a M.S.W. Her goal is to work with children who have been abused or are in foster care. She loves to knit, cook and read (not in any particular order). The following was originally published on Kathi’s blog Moving Beyond Absolutes on April 5, 2014 and is reprinted with permission.  I h … [Read more...]

PHC Chancellor Michael Farris Responds to Independent Review Committee Report

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous Yesterday the Independent Review Committee (IRC) of Patrick Henry College (PHC) made public to PHC alumni their final report and recommendations about campus sexual assault. Requested by PHC’s alumni association and commissioned by the college on February 19, 2014, the the IRC’s purpose was to conduct “an independent review of the New Republic incidents, and those propounded by any other past allegations of sexual assault, either in this audit or a separate one.” (“The New Republic incidents” refer to numerous cases of sexual assault and harassment at PHC as reported by Kiera Feldman in The New Republic.) The committee consisted of 8 … [Read more...]

News: IFB Ex-Pastor Jack Schaap Still Blaming Victim For His Actions

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You'd think after a conviction based upon his own confession that disgraced Independent Fundamentalist Baptist pastor Jack Schaap was cut his losses, do his time and move on. Not so. He is asking again to have his sentence vacated.A little history here for those of you here who don't know who Schaap is and what he did. Jack Schaap was head of Hyles-Anderson College and head pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, the big cheese, the head kahuna, ringmaster of that circus that is the IFB. … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins and Rape Rape

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismI have a friend who was raped by a friend of hers—someone she had had sex with before. It’s just that this time, she said no, she wasn’t up for it at the moment, and he didn’t stop. It wasn’t “violent”—she basically disassociated and laid there in shock that this was happening to her. He was someone she had trusted. This experience led my friend into some risky behavior—she figured there wasn’t any point in keeping herself safe, as there was no “safe”—and ultimately put her into therapy with serious PDST and terrible, incurable nightmares. She recently told me she doesn’t think marriage will ever be in the cards for her—because o … [Read more...]

Lourdes, Lifeboats and Bounded Choice: The Complicated Progress of Exiting Totalist Groups: Part 2

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by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Spiritual Sounding BoardRead Part 1 first...***Cindy Kunsman explains how Doug Phillips relegated Vision Forum acolytes to bounded choice – a dynamic only intensified for Lourdes Torres-Manteufel by alleged sex abuse.***Note from Julie Anne:  This is Part 2 of Cindy Kunsman’s series on Bounded Choice.  In this series she is helping us to understand the process people go through when they have lived in a high-controlling religious system as was Lourdes Torres-Manteufel’s experience.  Lourdes’ and Cindy’s story can help shed light in our own experience or the experience of someone we know and love.  Having this understanding is pivotal in t … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Rape is ‘Natural’?

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by Doug Wilson from his blog  originally. Since Doug Wilson removed the original blog posting because of blow back by others this is from Sierra's blog - The Phoenix and the Olive Branch It is important to revisit what it is conservative evangelicals actually believe, even if they've publicly backpedaled from it. Because we have forgotten the biblical concepts of true authority and submission, or more accurately, have rebelled against them, we have created a climate in which caricatures of authority and submission intrude upon our lives with violence. … [Read more...]

This is What Child Abusers Look Like in Homeschooling Communities

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousWe like to think that we know what child abusers look like. That we can pick them out of the crowd based on their creepy mustaches, darkly-tinted cargo vans, or their giant, thick-rimmed glasses.But those stereotypes are just that: stereotypes.And like all stereotypes, they fall tragically short. The fact is, child abusers are not Others. They do not walk around with signs that say, “Monster.” They are able to violate our trust — and children’s lives and bodies and minds — because we trust them. Which means they have our trust, because they are a part of our community. They are friends and family and teachers and loved ones … [Read more...]

News: This Week in Christian Abuse, Perversion and Extremism

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way ForwardMarvelous Grace Girls AcademyMy friend, Teresa Frye sent me the following press release about Marvelous Grace Girls Academy:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOKALOOSA COUNTY FLORIDA JUDGE DISREGARDS FLORIDA CUSTODY/VISITATION ORDER, RESULTING IN MINOR CHILD’S CONFINEMENT IN CONFIRMEDLY ABUSIVE FLORIDA FACILITYAn Okaloosa County Judge’s refusal today to uphold a custody/visitation order presented to him is preventing a mother who traveled from Nevada from being with her 14 yr. old child. The child is unwillingly held and allegedly being hidden from her mother and local law enforcement at the Marvelous Grace Girls Acad … [Read more...]


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