I get irked when I hear comments like ‘ why didn’t you just call the police?’ when charges are finally filed in court on sexual abuse from the past. It's ignorant to dismiss claims of abuse.
It’s not that simple when we are concerned about child abuse that occurred in TLW – just one of the many horrendous issues we are searching for resolution as survivors of the cult The Church of the Living Word. Child abuse, unfortunately, seemed to be “accepted” by mainstream denominations as twisted religious duties. I did some research to show that few outside supports like police or doctors even had a clue of what to do.
“The Implication of Child Sexual Abuse in Alternative Religions
Documenting...child sexual abuse in alternative religions is important for a number of reasons... very little of this information has entered the wider discussion among academics and policy makers concerning child sexual abuse in general. A review... Child Abuse and Neglect from 1990 to 2012 (volumes 14 to 36) failed to find a single article about child abuse of any kind in alternative religions or cults. “
Check out the year Dr Donald Capps addressed the issues of abuse in Christianity -1991. I believe twisted “Christian values” have held “us” back from stopping all kinds of abuse in The Walk as well as in other churches. _ This must be fixed. I think these snippets will ring an alarming bell for many of us.
I recall JRS pooh- poohing the state getting involved in telling parent's how to discipline their children according to the bible. JRS was intimidating on beating the hell out of kids ( Not sexual abuse - but I think it brought fear into the children. it is all related.)
“Among the earliest warnings directed to social scientists about the potential for abuse...within religions ... came in 1991 ... “Religion and Child Abuse: Perfect Together,” ... (Capps, 1992). He limited his comments to Christianity... discussed only physical abuse and several religious ideas that he felt were “inherently tormenting” to children. “
“What if religion qua religion is inherently disposed toward the abuse of children? What if it is not just a matter of a few bad apples in every basket, or just a matter of institutional policies that might be blamed for contributing to the problem, but that religion qua religion places children at risk of being the subjects of abuse? This is the issue with which this book is fundamentally concerned. (Capps, 1995, p. xi) “
“...examine child and teenage sexual-abuse issues in unevenly charted territory—groups variously called sects, cults, and new religious movements. These alternative religions tend to be far newer and smaller than the established religions, and they often center on the unorthodox teachings and personalities of spiritual leaders who are either still alive or recently deceased. It is a guessing game to estimate how many groups fit this description; but in the early 1990s, psychologist and “cult” researcher Michael Langone concluded that “approximately two to five million Americans have been involved with cultic groups” (Langone, 2001, para. 5).
“ In religious settings, people hope that their experiences... will be positive and nurturing, ...often they are... however, people’s experiences of abuse.. can be collective in nature and suffered through by many…. not isolated instances of malfeasance …. None of those reasons were the children’s fault, even if in a few instances the abuse may have become intergenerational if not intragenerational (see Erooga & Masson [Eds.], 1999).
Another scripturally related set of beliefs that has facilitated or sanctified pedophilia
belief held by some Christians, on the authority of the Book of Revelation (10)... Second Coming Christ would establish a messianic kingdom on earth ... reign over it for a thousand years before the Last Judgement. (Cohn, 1970, p. 15)
... Christians envision that Christ’s return will be associated with a terrible battle that he and his loyal legions will fight against the evil forces of the Antichrist.
... beliefs can have dire economic and emotional consequences for adherents as people give up their jobs...homes...careers.. savings in anxious expectation of “the end.” ...frequent abolition of conventional morality that occurs in some millenarian group environments. Believers set themselves above and outside of society’s laws, claiming that they—the “chosen”—have a divine calling that does not operate within normal constraints... groups ignore include sexual taboos and laws, then children and teens often become predatory targets.”