Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse
Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention are intensifying as critics seek to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse and worried more about its reputation and donations than about victims.
Layoffs, upheaval at Zacharias ministry roiled by scandal
Allegations of sexual misconduct by Zacharias began to surface last fall in social media and news outlets, notably a Sept. 29 article in the evangelical publication Christianity Today. It asserted that over about five years, he sexually harassed three women who worked as massage therapists at two day spas he co-owned in an Atlanta suburb. The law firm, Miller & Martin, issued a scathing report last month based on interviews with more than 50 people, including more than a dozen massage therapists. Five of the therapists said Zacharias touched them inappropriately, and one said she was raped, according to the report. AdZacharias founded his international ministry in 1984 with a mission to engage in “Christian apologetics” — defending Christianity through intellectual arguments.
Law firm details sexual misconduct by global ministry leader
A law firm's investigators have released a scathing report on their four-month investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by Zacharias, who founded a global Christian ministry that bears his name. Five of the therapists said Zacharias touched them inappropriately, and one said she was raped, according to the report. The law firm said more than 50 people, including more than a dozen massage therapists, were interviewed, and investigators were able to access data from four mobile devices used by Zacharias. The RZIM board, which previously derided Thompson’s allegations, apologized to her on Thursday. The scandal had already had a negative impact on the ministry even before the law firm released its report.
First Woman to Accuse Larry Nassar Reveals How He Hid Abuse From Her Mother
Rachael Denhollander, the woman who first sounded the alarm on Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abusing child gymnasts, is sharing more details about her terrible experiences with the doctor in a new book. : My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics," Denhollander speaks candidly about how Nassar deftly hid his abuse of her from her own mother, who was in the room with Denhollander while the doctor examined her. Speaking to Inside Edition, Dehollander, a mother herself, recalled watching girl after girl, woman after woman, testify against Nassar at one of his trials, 156 in total. While Nassar apologized to his victims at his sentencing, Denhollander doesn't think he experiences any remorse for his actions. RELATED STORIESLarry Nassar Moved From Federal Prison After Being Attacked by Other Inmates: ReportThousands Raised for Dad Who Lunged at Larry Nassar Will Go to CharityFather of Larry Nassar Victims Lunges at Disgraced Doctor in Court