Corruption at a Christian University? Sexual Abuse Investigation Resumes Following Intense Public Backlash

1964351_10152247070222489_1837715947_nI come from the belief that if you’re accused of something and you have nothing to hide, then you should have nothing to fear from an in-depth investigation into the accusations levied against you.

So when Bob Jones University in South Carolina abruptly stopped an investigation into how the university was handling sexual abuse reports, that definitely raises some major red flags for me.

Well, after two weeks of intense criticism for ending the investigation without explanation as it neared completion, the school has said it will allow the investigation to resume.

After the school suddenly ended the investigation, several of those who had been interviewed by investigators went public with stories that officials at Bob Jones University called them liars and sinners when they reported abuse.  Some even accused school officials of telling them not to report the abuse because turning in someone from their religious community, such as a parent or pastor, would harm Jesus and the church.

According to the report from the New York Times:

“Most of the accounts involved abuse that occurred when the students were children. But some people did say they were abused as students at the university or its affiliated grade school, Bob Jones Academy.”

It’s hard to even know where to go with this.  If this kind of sexual abuse is as rampant as it seems to have been, and the school is found to have been trying to hide it from being made public, I say shut the school down.

But they obviously have something to hide if they shut down the original investigation just as it was starting to come to its conclusion.  Only after some of these horrific charges were made public did the school finally agree to let Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, or G.R.A.C.E. (the company it contracted to conduct the investigation) continue its investigation.

Catherine Harris, one of the most vocal critics of Bob Jones University, said, “I’m really relieved, but I expected it to be back on, because I knew we weren’t going away, even if that’s what Bob Jones expected.”  Harris alleges that she was abused by clergy members as a child.  When she went to university officials in the 90’s to talk about her abuse she was told not to go to the police.

To give you a little insight to what kind of university Bob Jones is, popular music is not allowed on campus, nor are televisions.  For students and employees, homosexuality, extramarital sex, pornography, and alcohol are all grounds for dismissal.

Yup, real “progressive.”

But going back to my original point.  If the school had nothing to hide, they wouldn’t have decided to put a sudden end to the investigation to start with.  It’s clear they fear what the final report into these sexual abuse allegations will eventually tell.  But once public outcry, and the victims’ stories, began to flood the public airwaves – the school had no choice but to allow G.R.A.C.E. to continue its investigation.

I just hope when all is said and done those responsible for this sexual abuse, and the subsequent efforts to cover it up, are all finally brought to justice.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Sandy Greer

    We’ve seen this before, with the Catholic Church.

    People just want to sweep all the Ugliness under the rug.

  • James

    Cults hate Rape Laws !

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    vote regressive white trash CHRISTIAN scumbag tea party madness,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, its good 4 america

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    anyone notice this was NOT was NOT was NOT anywhere upon FOX “news”?

  • Dakota Erikson

    The last time I looked, Bob Jones is not accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools…..THE accrediting agency of colleges and schools in the southern region. This means that a Bob Jones 2 year student will not have credits for his 2 years of classes accepted by Clemson or USC if he wanted to transfer. The student will have to start at Clemson as a freshman and pay anew; i.e. his Bob Jones tuition money was wasted.

  • andrea

    Their “curriculum” regarding eating disorders goes against any evidenced based research, does not acknowledge men have eating disorders, and is highly misogynistic. It basically blames women for moral turpitude if they have ED, so this is no surprise!