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A mom told @villagechurchtx that her daughter was sexually molested at their camp. She expected support, an apology, one conversation with @MattChandler74, for her church to take responsibility. None of that never came. #sbc19 My investigation -->
Evangelical churches have long distanced themselves from the sexual abuse crisis that has consumed the Catholic Church. But at reckoning has arrived. #SBC19 nytimes.com/2019/06/10/us/…
“No one was looking out for our daughter’s best interest,” said Christi Bragg, speaking publicly for the first time, of the Village. “She matters. Jesus says she matters. We say she matters.” nytimes.com/2019/06/10/us/…
The Village requires members sign a covenant that includes legal clauses that protects the church. It forbids members from suing the church and instead requires mediation or binding arbitration. This is legal protection for the institution.
The Village also uses an abuse prevention firm called @MinistrySafe, which many evangelical churches cite as an accountability safeguard. Ms. Bragg assumed MinistrySafe would advocate for her daughter, but then she learned that the group’s leaders were the church’s legal advisers
The Village permanently removed the alleged perpetrator, a children's minister, from staff within weeks of learning his name from the Braggs. To this day, @MattChandler74 denies the man was fired because of a sexual abuse allegation
The Bragg family has now withdrawn their membership from The Village. "What we encountered," Ms. Bragg said, "was a church that has made a conscious choice to protect itself rather than reflect the Jesus it claims to follow.”
I hope you'll take time to read what happened to the Bragg family. #sbc19 #sbc2019 #sbctoo nytimes.com/2019/06/10/us/…
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