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  1. Thankfully Bob Jones university officials have reversed their decision, therefore letting GRACE complete its report about the sex crimes at this campus.

    But first and foremost, anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by anyone at Bob Jones university, will hopefully find the courage to contact law enforcement. They are the proper officials to be investigating sex crimes,.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511,
    SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

  2. Which Independent Baptist Missions agency are you referring to? Could you link to some articles to it, so readers can get more information?

  3. Thank you, Sarah (and Kevin Eckstrom) for updating both of your pieces on Bob Jones and GRACE to name ABWE. ABWE was clearly worth mentioning … thus they were of course worth naming. It still baffles me why anyone would choose not to name them other than a misguided idea that their smallness and “insignificance” makes them not worth the extra couple of words (and you know what that makes the victims).

    While I’m disappointed that my comments on the first article and my multiple private emails to editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom were completely ignored by RNS, I am hugely gratified that those who DO understand what ABWE has done stood by me yesterday and flooded RNS with what Eckstrom later called a “deluge of emails.”

    I’m saddened though that that is what it took to be heard by RNS.

    Yet … I am so grateful that we were–in the end–heard, and that today ABWE’s name is given in both of your articles, Sarah. Please never underestimate the impact your words have when you are covering stories of abuse. We (the victims) are real people with real stories and real wounds and we’ve yet to see fair coverage from an evangelical news outlet and we’ve yet to see justice.

  1. […] NOTE: It’s also not lost on me that ABWE is not even mentioned in the article by CT. Maybe because boarding schools weren’t part of our problem. However, ignoring ABWE has recently been a common theme in evangelical journalism. Religious News Services (RNS) has referenced ABWE in passing in two separate articles recently without actually naming them. They have become simply “an independent Baptist mission board” as if their identity is irrelevant (Article 1 / Article 2). […]

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