Chris Peterman was a Bob Jones University college student who was standing for the truth against a sexual abuse coverup and was recently expelled from his university only nine days before his graduation. Read this riveting story: BJU Story.
See if you find any parallels in this story compared to our experiences.
- Do you see legalistic rules?
- Notice the measures the school authorities took to keep this student from talking?
- Many meetings
- Expelled 9 days before graduating
- As he brought the sexual abuse into the light of day on public forums, immediately he was called in for his "sin", yet he had never been brought in before for any sin during any time during his years there
- Instead of dealing directly with the subject of the wrongful sexual abuse coverup, they diverted their attention onto a student who was exposing the truth
- He had to endure "surprise" meetings with very little notice - sometimes very late into the night.
Did we experience surprise meetings, late into the night?
retaliation? lawsuits, subpoenas, threats?
Did focus shift to our "sin" and our "wrong doings" when we brought up issues? Were we called subversive or descendants of Korah?
We're any of us fired, removed from positions, shunned, excommunicated, placed on Mark and Avoid list?
And a real biggie here: how did the treatment of those in authority affect this young man's faith? How many of us or our children have suffered in our walk with Christ? How many are confused, despondent, have had a crisis of faith?
Is your abuse creepo-meter on? If it is, you will see/hear about these types of situations all over the place. But the nice thing is that through this knowledge of the truth and knowing the characteristics of people who use their authority inappropriately, we won't allow those types of people to abuse their control over us and our families any more.
Update 5/13/12: Hey all, this is support blog; however, this post seems to have sparked a bit of a debate. You are welcome to continue the dialogue. I don't have time to participate :)