Independent Group Looks Into Claims of Past Sex Abuse at Bob Jones University

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Workers at a Virginia-based Christian organization continue to solicit information for an investigation of past claims of sexual abuse at Bob Jones University (BJU) in Greenville, S.C.

BJU officials announced on Nov. 8 they had tapped the group GRACE (an acronym for Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to investigate any claims that the Christian school had not responded adequately to sexual abuse complaints in the past.

GRACE launched its investigation on Jan. 10 with an online survey that will remain active until at least the end of April. The confidential questionnaire (available at netgrace.org) asks for input from anyone who may have information relevant to the investigation.

A statement by GRACE says the scope of the investigation "includes any and all instances of [adult or child] sexual abuse disclosed or otherwise known to the institution, involving members of the Bob Jones University community as either victims or alleged perpetrators."

BJU spokeswoman Carol Keirstead said the school has informed current students and faculty about the investigation through chapel announcements and email. She said the school has reached out to former students and alumni through Facebook and the university magazine, and that the school has sent emails or letters to any contacts in the database who don't receive the magazine.

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SOURCE: WORLD Mag
Jamie Dean
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