PBI abuse survivors have a 4 question survey online and are asking abuse survivors to take a minute to fill it out. From the comments: PBI alumni who were not abused are also invited to participate.
Prairie Bible Institute, which went to media last year, has posted an abuse investigation status Q&A in a September newsletter.
We know that there is a risk in publicly communicating this way. To quote a wise friend of mine, “Not unexpectedly, whatever is actually communicated can be misrepresented by those who are operating with their own agenda.” Everyone has their own lens to look through and we live in a world of free press and free speech. That is a privilege we would not want to deny them.
…We do understand that some individuals, including those who claim that they speak on behalf of Prairie, are active in the public forum. While they mean well and we appreciate their support, their opinions are not necessarily those of Prairie or its leadership.
PBI continues to ask abuse survivors to contact them directly, and avail themselves of The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team alumni. As far as PBI is concerned the dozen allegations of abuse they are aware of occurred in homes, several years ago and were not reported until years later.
There are documented cases of incidents where abuse or inappropriate behavior did in fact occur within the Prairie community. In these cases the situations were handled swiftly and appropriately. We have done our own internal investigation including following up with past Presidents and former staff members and have found no evidence of collusion or cover-up. We have also opened ourselves up to appropriate authorities and they have found no evidence of collusion or cover up. The sad reality is that where abuse happened, it seems to be primarily within the privacy of individual homes. As connected as the Prairie and Three Hills community has been, we don’t believe that Prairie purposefully keeping abuse allegations “quiet” could have been possible.
The Q&A reiterates that polices are in place, alumni are standing by and an abuse chapel will be held yearly for students. As well, PBI indicates administrators have spoken with the RCMP, who announced in June their investigation is complete and no charges are being laid.
We have heard directly from the RCMP and they have indicated that they have completed their investigations and that there will be no charges laid. However, just because these investigations are closed and charges have not been laid, does not mean that abuse did not happen. The difficulty is that it often becomes one person’s word against another’s—driving wedges deeper and making healing that much harder to attain.
Short of other abuse survivors following PBI’s directive, (go to the Three Hills RCMP and come see us and/or our alumni team) it appears Prairie Bible Institute considers their involvement and responsibility over.