Topic / Abuse

Roy Moore’s week has just taken a turn for the worse

The tearful woman pictured above is Beverly Young Nelson, and yesterday she accused Judge Roy Moore of attempted rape when she was just 16. Her testimony, at a press conference in New York, came as news broke that a number of pastors who had endorsed the Southern Baptist Alabama judge for the Senate earlier this […]

Christian school teacher in Iowa faces 140 abuse charges

The arrest in October of fifth grade teacher Curtis Van Dam, 35, of Sioux Center Christian School in northwest Iowa, has led to a lot of hand-wringing and talk of prayer from the ‘Christ-centered’ school’s officials.  Van Dam, according to a statement issued by the school, has been charged with 101 felonies and 39 misdemeanours […]

Satanic Temple sign ruffles feathers in a small Texas town

In July this year, the town of Three Rivers (population 1,900) voted to reinstate corporal punishment in its schools – a move that prompted the Satanic Temple to erect a billboard stating its opposition to hitting kids. This upset Lyn Means, pastor of the local First Baptist Church: I’m very sorry that the billboard has […]

Catholic diocese won’t allow the word ‘rapist’ on tombstone

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Michigan has come into conflict with a man who wants the words ‘She supported priest rapist victims’ on the grave marker of his mother, Marguerite Ridgeway, above. Ridgeway was a fervent Catholic until her faith was shaken by revelations of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, and her […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses hit with a massive child abuse lawsuit

A $66 million class-action lawsuit has been launched against the the Jehovah’s Witnesses leadership, claiming that its policies protect members who sexually abuse children. The lawsuit, according to this report, was filed in Ontario on behalf of alleged victims of sexual abuse across Canada, where more than 100,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses reside. Said Bryan McPhadden, the […]

Indiana pastor Gary Evans charged with molesting girls

The 72-year-old Rush County pastor, from the Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation. According to this report, the charges arise out of a police investigation that began in September when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter with Evans to the police. The girl […]

Breast-loving pastor, 84, under investigation for sexual assault

Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, above, is being investigated for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl in his church while the congregation watched. According to this report, South Carolina police said that video evidence had emerged of the radio evangelist’s behaviour. Stair, 84, who leads the Overcomer Ministry community in […]

BC church couple charged with sexual assault & other crimes

Samuel Emerson and his wife Madelaine from the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church in Surrey, British Columbia, are facing more than a dozen charges including sexual assault. Police, according to this report, say the alleged assaults occurred between 2015 and 2017. Samuel Emerson, 34, has been charged with 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being […]

Christian teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with pupils

Jessie Goline, 25, pictured above with her husband Stephen, 26, was arrested this week at her home in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for allegedly having sex with four of her pupils. According to this report, Goline, an art teacher who had publicly praised her husband for his purity and faith, could be sentenced to 10- to 40-years […]

Abuse in the Catholic Church: seven priests to go on trial

Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, above – along with six other priests – is to be tried in France on charges of failing to report historical child abuse According to this report, the seven have been ordered to appear in court for allegedly not speaking out against abuse said to have been committed by another […]