Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor, spoke to journalists about the problem of sex abuse in the evangelical church. His refreshing candor is a valuable voice in the fight against sexual abuse by the clergy. I could not help but think about Robert “Bobby” Price as I read this article.
As reported in the Religious News, he had much to say about this critical issue. His comments about mission agencies is especially relevant.
From the article:
“Mission agencies, “where abuse is most prevalent,” often don’t report abuse because they fear being barred from working in foreign countries, he said. Abusers will get sent home and might join another agency. Of known data from abuse cases, 25 percent are repeat cases, he said.
Still, he says, he sees some positive movements among some Protestants. Bob Jones University has hired GRACE to investigate abuse allegations, a move that encourages Tchividjian, a former Florida prosecutor. ”That’s like the mothership of fundamentalism,” he said. His grandfather split with Bob Jones in a fundamentalist and evangelical division.
“The Protestant culture is defined by independence,” Tchividjian said. Evangelicals often frown upon transparency and accountability, he said, as many Protestants rely on Scripture more than religious leaders, compared to Catholics.
Abusers discourage whistle-blowing by condemning gossip to try to keep people from reporting abuse, he said. Victims are also told to protect the reputation of Jesus.”
Seth H. Langson
A Pioneer in Sex Abuse Litigation on Behalf of Victims