Sexual Abuse
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Responding to ‘the unimaginable’

Sexual Abuse | When a trusted individual sins in a way that can ruin dozens of young lives, Christian groups and communities need to respond quickly. Here’s one case study of ongoing recovery
by Harvest Prude & World Journalism Institute students
Posted 8/16/18, 04:21 pm

By Harvest Prude with Nicole Ault, Esther Eaton, Leah Hickman, Alyssa Jackson, Joshua Meribole, and Madison Miller

Sioux Center, Iowa, pop. 7,500, is a tight-knit, trusting community. Originally settled by Dutch Reformed immigrants in the 19th century, the town sports well-manicured green lawns, few fences, unlocked houses and cars, and numerous churches. Church and state exist in rare harmony. Public and Christian schools share buses. The city and Dordt College, a Christian institution, share a swimming pool and athletic facility.

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Onize Ohikere

Far away from home

Sexual Abuse | A sex and financial abuse case in Nigeria raises questions of accountability for U.S. groups funding overseas ministries
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/16/18, 09:55 am

Deborah Bala was 9 years old when she arrived at the Stephens Center Group of Schools in 2007. She had lost her father to Islamist attacks in Kaduna state. With her mother and brother, Deborah moved to Kano, a majority Muslim city and the largest city in northern Nigeria.

Her mother soon sent her to Stephens Center, a boarding school in Abeokuta—the capital of southwest Ogun state—for children who survive religious violence in northern Nigeria. There she quickly became a favorite of Isaac Newton-Wusu, the director. This, she says, was not a positive development for her.

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Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh (file)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released Tuesday a grand jury report on sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in six of the state’s eight dioceses over seven decades, noting there were more than 300 “predator priests” and more than 1,000 child victims, while accusing the Roman Catholic Church of covering up known abuse and abusers. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led the 18-month investigation that led to the release of the report, which follows earlier reports on the state’s other two dioceses.

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