It’s appropriate PBI respond to a partial statement made by Three Hills RCMP (the jurisdictional detachment for PBI); it is puzzling that the avenue the administration chose to release this statement targeted at a select and relatively disinterested group. The statement was released by way of The Friends of PBI – a closed alumni group on Facebook.
Hello everyone, We got a call on Tuesday from the Calgary Herald saying “they had heard from the RCMP that it would be releasing news next week that the investigation on Prairie was being closed and that no charges were being laid. The RCMP said they would be available for press interviews at that time.” We have not seen the RCMP report ourselves. We told the Calgary Herald that we plan to continue to be cooperative with the RCMP, to be available to those who want to connect with us directly, and to be as transparent as possible with all our stakeholders. We have been grateful for the help we got from Centre Street Church, both in providing an independent safe place for people to go to be heard and for the advice they have given us in improving our campus policies. We pointed out that this is a different campus than in the past primarily because it is now just a college campus. The Calgary Herald article that came out yesterday can be found at (here).
Naturally we are grateful that no charges are being laid. That does not mean we have lived perfect lives, so we still seek healing with any who feel they have been injured while in our community. This summer, we are updating our “policies and procedures for response to harassment, abuse and assault” to include best practices across the college and university industry, to include advice we have received and to include lessons we have learned over the past year. This will include campus-wide abuse-awareness training, with special emphasis at the beginning of each school year, in the fall. Feel free to forward this note to any people you think would be interested. Many thanks for standing with us as we have walked through this together.
Mark L. Maxwell
Prairie Bible Institute
The RCMP did not notify complainants or PBI that the Calgary RCMP were closing down the investigation. More about the semi-statement in The Calgary Herald June 19th.
In the above PBI statement, PBI admin is staying the course set back in December, placing stakeholders first. PBI is facing a year end financial shortfall, and the requests by PBI abuse survivors for the services of G.R.A.C.E. out of the US, was rejected. It appears the PBI alumni group, The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team is still sanctioned to continue soliciting alumni for funds to ‘befriend’ unknown abuse survivors. The one known survivor who solicited the services of the alumni team was featured on PBI radio March 26th. It remains difficult to know what PBI and the alumni team mean by ‘healing’, since there is no evidence PBI or it’s Survivor Fund Project has offered therapy for any abuse survivor from qualified mental health professionals, or was willing to provide therapy through Centre Street Church staff. Given how PBI has handled this issue – it’s possible no abuse survivor has or would ask for assistance from PBI.
Once again PBI abuse survivors – those who went to the RCMP, were slighted and shunned by Prairie administration with the decision to release the statement to a closed Facebook Group where many of the alumni, including most of the ‘Healing Team’, block abuse survivors.
On June 19th, RCMP Three Hills said,
Three Hills RCMP Sgt. Joe Sangster said Tuesday police recently concluded their investigation and are planning on providing a public update as early as next week.
The PBI abuse survivor spokesperson has been maligned online again since The Calgary Herald story came out. The latest follows a pattern of abusive behavior from PBI alumni toward survivors who have come forward seeking justice.
A rough draft of the policy Maxwell mentions above (policies and procedures for response to harassment, abuse and assault) has been posted on an open Prairie Bible Institute alumni Facebook group. Two abuse survivor spokespeople were invited through a third party to provide input. The current PBI policy is here.
Update: It’s possible the Maxwell statement was sent out to alumni by email and posted by alumni in the closed group. That begs the question – who it was sent to? If it was sent to all alumni why didn’t some receive it? If I’m wrong about the delivery, it will be corrected.
PBI abuse survivors are asking alumni to withhold donations to the school.