Lead Story in World Magazine: Christian Organization Pleads with Evangelicals to Expose and Report Sexual Abuse
Christian Organization Pleads with Evangelicals to Expose and Report Sexual Abuse
July 25, 2013
More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition denouncing silence about sexual abuse in Christian circles, and pleading with evangelicals to expose and confront abuse in their own ranks.
The statement—published on July 17 by the Christian group GRACE—comes two months after a Maryland judge dismissed a civil lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM). The 46-page suit alleged ministry leaders had covered up severe sexual abuse in two congregations.
The judge ruled the plaintiffs’ allegations exceeded Maryland’s statute of limitations. The plaintiffs’ attorneys have appealed the May ruling.
The case drew broader attention when a handful of high-profile evangelical leaders defended C.J. Mahaney—the founder and former president of SGM. The lawsuit alleged Mahaney and other SGM pastors participated in a conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse at two churches.
The suit did not accuse Mahaney of abuse, and SGM board members have denied a conspiracy to conceal abuse.