Recently, www.pitch.com published this article about the former Tri-City Christian School in Kansas City, a large (but now-defunct) “feeder school” for Bob Jones University. In the article, the account of a woman named “Mary” was told, as follows:
Mary, who attended Tri-City Christian School in the 1980s, says she was raped nearly every day at school by her sixth-grade teacher. Mary (not her real name) says her parents and school officials brushed her off when she tried to communicate the abuse. They failed to try to understand why she hated going to school, why she felt paralyzed with fear in the company of male teachers. When she ran away from home, a youth pastor told her parents to give her a spanking.
With nowhere to turn, Mary felt helpless. Through the ninth grade, she hoarded pills from her mother and made attempts to kill herself. “It never worked,” she says.
The woman who calls herself Mary wanted to let others know that she also spoke anonymously in the book Tear Down This Wall of Silence: Dealing with Sexual Abuse in our Churches (written by two administrators of this website).
These pages are from the chapter describing offenders, in the section called “Master Hypocrites.” Mary’s anonymous account is in the first shaded box. (Click on the image to enlarge in a new tab.)
And these pages are from the chapter calling Christians to take responsibility for the vulnerable. Again, Mary’s account is in the gray shaded box.(Click on the image to enlarge in a new tab.)
We at BJUGrace wish “Mary” well and pray with her that any others who were abused by this offender will be able to speak, that the abuser will be brought to justice, and that vulnerable people will be protected from him.