An open letter to Prairie Bible Institute, PBI response

On September 16th an outstanding comment appeared below a post here at BDBO which I’m putting into this post for the benefit of a wider range of BDBO readers. The response from Prairie Bible Institute received by writer Angelyn Ray is included below.

An open letter to Mark Maxwell:

Some months ago I “googled” PBI to see how it is represented on the World Wide Web these days. To my shock and sadness, I learned that an abuse scandal is in progress.

Let me introduce myself. I attended four years at PBI, graduating in 1963. I was Angeln Brown (I have since added the “y” to my first name). While at Prairie I experienced a sexual assault by a staff member older than my father. That story is on pbisurvivors.com. I hasten to add that this is not my reason for contacting you. Although the incident and its aftermath changed my life, I am at peace, and seek no hearing or redress for that particular offense.

In addition, by way of introduction, I have spent over thirty years working with trauma and abuse survivors, first as a volunteer, then as a professional. I am a licensed clinical social worker, mostly retired at this point. Due to these years of experience, my concern is for the silent and hurting victims/survivors, for in all likelihood the abuses of which you have been made aware comprise a mere “tip of the iceberg.”

I have read through your letters, Q&A, and PBI’s “Harassment & Assault Policy” for reporting abuse as of February 2010. It all sounds very good and appropriate, with this paramount exception:

If I was shocked and saddened to learn about the scandal to begin with, I am equally shocked and saddened to read at the outset, in the Introduction to Prairie’s H&A Policy, your 11 particular selections of scriptures. You say: “This policy is built on biblical convictions as found in…” and the selections follow. Your carefully chosen scriptures outline a fundamental agenda that is diametrically opposed to the standards later outlined in the H&A Policy. I will explain.

Any PBI student firmly believes that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and is never to be questioned, but obeyed at pain of God’s wrath and eternal judgment. You, as PBI’s president, are in a position of authority over these students, as God’s spokesperson and representative, and the power you wield, by virtue of your choice of these particular scriptures, is of immeasurable proportions.

I will go through these scriptures as you have printed them in the H&A Policy manual, one by one in order, and cite the clear message that comes through, first to a victim, then to an offender. I wish to point out to you that the overwhelming, overall effect of this selection of scripture is not only inappropriate to the H&A context; the result is to effectively silence victims and to excuse offenders:

1. Matthew 5:21-22, “…anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” Message to reporter (victim/survivor): If you feel angry about the alleged abuse you will be judged.
Message to abuser: You’re not angry so it’s your accuser who is liable.

2. Matthew 12:34-37, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks…people will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): If you speak one wrong word you will be called to account for it in the day of judgment.
Message to abuser: Whatever s/he is saying about you, s/he will have to account for it in the day of judgment. You’re not talking so there’s no judgment for you.

3. Matthew 15:18-20, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile you…”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): The things you speak from your heart are the things that defile you.
Message to abuser: It’s not what s/he said you did that defiles you, but the words that are coming out of his/her mouth defile him/her.

4. I Corinthians 5:9-11, “…But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with any who claim to be fellow believers but are sexually immoral or greedy, idolaters, or slanders…”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Your alleged abuser has involved you in his/her alleged sexual immorality. He/she denies it; you are the one who talks about it. Who then shall we ostracize?
Message to abuser: If there was any sexual immorality, we have to separate ourselves from that one. Your accuser is the only one who’s talking, so…

5. James 2:2-10, “…believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism…but if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by law.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): We are commanded not to show favoritism. Therefore, we have to listen equally to both sides of this story, and the one you’re accusing denies it, so…
Message to abuser: We can’t show favoritism, and you’re not the one causing trouble, so…

6. Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Quit saying these unwholesome things! We don’t need to hear it!
Message to abuser: Good for you! We haven’t heard any unwholesome talk from you, just edifying and beneficial words.

7. Ephesians 5:4, “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Be thankful! What you’re saying is obscene. Be grateful instead!
Message to abuser: We really like you! We don’t hear any obscenities from you, only thanksgiving!

8. Colossians 3:8, “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Okay, now you’ve told your story. Get rid of the feelings and quit talking about it.
Message to abuser: You don’t have anything to get rid of. We still have to deal with this accuser though.

9. I Peter 1:22, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply from the heart.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): If you’ve purified yourself and are going to obey the truth, get on with loving deeply from your heart – no exceptions.
Message to abuser: You are loving even to this accuser. It’s too bad that s/he doesn’t seem to love you back.

10. Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Just be at peace with your abuser.
Message to abuser: You’re a peaceful person. You can’t do any more than that.

11. Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
Message to reporter (victim/survivor): Move on.
Message to abuser: Keep doing what you’re doing.

Mark, I hope that you’ve been able to read through this and see what this particular selection of scripture does in situations of abuse, harassment and assault, where there is a strong power differential between the offender and the offended. Of your selected scriptures, 5 focus on words people speak, which applies to those who have something to report, 3 on feelings people have, which applies to those wronged, and the rest are ambiguous in terms of differentiating between abused and abuser. Not one of these scriptures focuses on the unspeakable wrongness of the acts that were perpetrated or redress for the consequences of these acts for those abused.

To help out, here are a few scriptures (King James Version) that you might find more suitable to the context:

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. Knowing the truth and thus finding freedom requires exploration and expression. When truth is denied or slighted by authority figures, not only are the “little ones” offended, but truth itself.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me… Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” Matthew 25:40-46. “…the least of these…” – least in cognitive and physical power, least in years and experience, least in authority and influence… these are the ones with whom Jesus identifies.

“Woe unto you…hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…” Matthew 23:13-27.

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2.
“…in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established…” Matthew 18:15-17.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23.

“Be ye angry, and sin not.” Ephesians 4:26.

Still with hope for a consistent, humane, and truly just and compassionate outcome for the “little ones” offended…

If you wish to reply, please do so by return e-mail.

Very sincerely yours,
Angelyn Ray

Response by Prairie Bible Institute President Mark Maxwell, September 18, 2012

Hi Angelyn,

Thank you very very much for your email.

Your points are well made and valid. I am right now re-writing the policy (which emanates from before my time) and will be incorporating your points, especially in terms of the verses that are used.

My fingerprints are primarily on the Q&A, which shows more of my approach. You will see that we have used principles in the Q&A and no scripture although a few people suggested it. The reason is, I feel scripture is often used inappropriately and can be turned to support almost any position when chosen selectively and taken out of context. I had not yet given a great deal of thought to the use of scripture in the policy. I don’t even want to admit that I was not sensitive to its offense until you made your points. And I agree with you, now that I read it with the benefit of your perspective. So, thank you very very much.

I am very sorry about your experience and for the many others who were hurt here as well. I am grateful that the scandal has come to light because it has allowed us to attempt to repent and to repair the bridges with those who have come to us. We are much the better for it and God seems to be turning his blessing on us in the midst of it.

Again, thank you for your email and your perspective. Any other advice you may have is very welcome. I would like to send you the draft re-write of the policies when it is ready for editing and would sure love to have your opinion on it if you would do us that favour.

I hope you have a great day,

Mark

Mark L. Maxwell
Prairie Bible Institute

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23 Responses to An open letter to Prairie Bible Institute, PBI response

  1. Bravo Angelyn for getting a response from Mark – this is amazing in and of itself! I hope and pray that Mark is sincere in his response to you and that this signals a change at PBI. Good job Angelyn, God bless you for your efforts on our behalf.

  2. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    Misquoting Mark:

    “The reason is, I feel scripture is often used inappropriately and can be turned to support almost any position when chosen selectively and taken out of context. I had not yet given a great deal of thought to the use of scripture in the policy. ”

    As I long suspected, Mark is no theologian, nor a pastor. He is a gold digger (literally), some of these are responsible for the collapse of our economy. It exposes his weakness running a bible school, without using the bible as his final authority. If his inerrancy is faulty, and it exposes the contradictory nature of a stone age collection of wild thoughts, each violate each other, and the virginity of the reader.

    Now to the business, what has Mark done since the day he broke the news of the abused? NOTHING, except to pay verbiage on the simpletons and those who approach him.

    It is time to crawl out of your bunkers (for you have many), and kneel and apologize in front of the world, and shut down the school that still harbours many of the offenders, and name each and everyone of them so that this type of carnage will not happen again when the Lord is not looking.

    Mark, you score 2 out of 10 on my scale. Two is being generous. So says the Lord. Amen.

  3. Tim W Callaway says:

    Thank you, Mark, for your thoughtful response to Angelyn.

  4. Janet says:

    Thank you Angelyn for your well thought out response! Thank you for the time you took to write that letter on behalf of survivors and any future victims. I appreciate Marks’ response to it but am a little distressed that his eyes had not been open previously to the way that this message (scripture) was/is being interpreted. I question where the biblical scholars were/are when this policy was being written and where were the sensitve, perceiving people to give input into this policy at the time and now? Then you came along….thank you!

  5. MEC says:

    One step at a time!

  6. MEC says:

    Wonder how many steps it will take before his eyes are opened to the fact that GRACE would be able to help resolve the entire issue with godly integrity…. he still needs to prove his words.

  7. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    Let the Lord be true and every man a liar!

    I think the truth is that Mark has stalled this process long enough. And if he responds, not to the purpose of our abused, should we be thankful, or is this just what we expect of him, and much more to be done??? I remain defiant, and let me be the Lord, and Mark a liar. Thus saith the Lord, Amen.

  8. Lee McClain says:

    I went to PBI in 1955. None of this surprises me. I think and feel this world is a better place for having Angelyn here to stand up with guts to admit her abuse, and call Mark to account for misdirection on policy. It does seem blame is always passed to the one before me as he stated, instead of stepping up like a man, assume all responsibilities for his position, checking all direction the school is going incorrectly on all written policy.

  9. Bob Durham says:

    I do not Know Mark Maxwell personally, but i know that i attended Prairie Bible Institute in 1953&1954 and it was no doubt 2 of the greatest years of my life learning to read and study the bible and memorize scripture and i saw nothing but God working at PBI during those 2 years and lives changed and i never ever heard of ONE INCIDENT of sexual abuse and the boys stayed in dormitories on one side of the dinning room and the girls in dorms on the other side and in school the boys were on one side of the room and the girls on the other. I have watched and listen to the grandson of Mark Maxwell, L.E.Maxwell, preach and teach and he was the founder of the Prairie Bible Institute. My parents sending me to Prairie was the best thing that every happened to me. I have no doubt at all that Mark is of the DNA of his grandfather and is a wonderful Christian man and they made a great choice making him the president of PBI. (( Let him that is without fault cast the first stone!)

  10. Bob Durham says:

    Please forgive me, i meant to type that Mark is the GRANDSON of L.E.Maxwell and that L.E.Maxwell is the GRANDFATHER of MARK MAXWELL. My mistake

  11. Bob Durham, you said “I have no doubt at all that Mark is of the DNA of his grandfather and is a wonderful Christian man and they made a great choice making him the president of PBI.” Are you serious? As a grandson of LE, he did, in fact inherit the DNA of LE Maxwell but that makes him a “wonderful Christian man”. How do you make that connection?

    By the way, there were children being sexually and physically abused back when you were at PBI. That also was around the time when a 15 year old staff girl got a coat-hanger abortion from her mother when it was discovered that she was pregnant with her father’s child. He was on the faculty too. You probably had him for a teacher. Time to put away the rose-colored glasses Bob and wake up and smell the coffee…

  12. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    I would like to openly chastise the wild person who assumes the role of the Lord, while there are so many that believe in the god of the Prairie. This wild person, a crazy, a SOB, is like the wild boars of the Jesus story when he calls them out and sends them to the abyss, plunging into the lake. Now there are so many of these out there, but the Lord of the Prairie is missing, and tolerates the sexual abuses at Prairie. I think there is a good reason why this happens, that their god is false, and therefore, I still assume the role of the Lord. But Bob, your comment is more sacrilegious than the Lord Ben Chung!

    Calling on Mark to do right, is not sacrilegious. Calling Mark to be compassionate on the abuse is not shaming a school with a track to abuse sexually its students and forced abortions. Is there a god out there that hears me? Get the abusers than I will believe! But Bob, your crazy thoughts are worse than mine. You have been under the rock, and certainly no Rock of Ages. It is this blindness that you have, that needs healing, and the Lord Ben Chung will help you. Check out all accusations that Carmen and others make about Prairie. You will learn to see the world in a different light. Watch “All God’s Children” and you will see that god sexually abuses little boys and girls and these missionaries that you were part of, molested and abused nearly every child in that Mamou Alliance Academy, one which is the president of the Compassion of Canada. And the powerful CMA has not come forward to claim responsibility. So is Prairie, Mark washed his hand of blood and filth, but it does not get rid of his swearing habit in the open or private (it is a common knowledge, he speaks as an unregenerate), and last time he gave press interview, he alluded to oral sex, as if he is trying to swear at the abused. This is not forgivable, he represents the entire Prairie entity, and the DNA of the dead L.E. Maybe the time has come to shut this aged old, tired school down.

    Live under a rock, and refuse to heed the pleas of the abused, and close your eyes the carnage and the ripped panties of little kids, and the blood that flowed the easily, red, bright red, down their legs. See the absence of god, and be God, be brave and have the courage to call the ignorant fool, Mark, to come forward, and admit and compensate for the illicit sex that took place on the abused. I will then, no longer be called the Lord. For now, the Lord exists, here. And so be it. Amen.

  13. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    Bobbie, would like the Lord to pray for you? Pray that the Lord will open your eyes to the true nature of Mark, the DNA of the D.L.E. (dead, LE)?? When you need help, please learn to ask nicely.

  14. Angelyn says:

    The positive experiences of some do not nullify the negative experiences of others. Nor do the negative experiences negate the positive. And that’s okay. It’s called “radical acceptance” – stretching to encompass seemingly contradictory truths. We do it all the time. When night comes, we don’t denigrate the daylight; and when morning comes we don’t deny the night.

    I had some good times at PBI. I loved the Northern Lights and the hoarfrost; I enjoyed hanging out and doing music with the likes of Miriam Maxwell, LE’s daughter and Mark’s aunt.

    We’ll see what comes of the letters. I’ve offered Mark some more “advice” as he requested. Words are easier to come by than practical change.

  15. You did the right thing Angelyn. I applaud your efforts. We wait in anticipation for the actions to back up the words. I hope and pray this signals a change at PBI.

  16. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    I will echo the gold heart of Angelyn. What you have done is noble. What is not so noble is the school called PBI. I call immediately of these folks that abuse others and hide behind the institution, to come clean, and approach the authorities and be locked up for the crimes they have committed now or many years ago. If you truly believe ina god at all, that it is all just and powerful etc, and able strike down the reprobates, then, come immediately to solve your eternal damnation. Cuz, for the rest of us who holds the nose about this god or this school, we demand you to come true and be locked up for the crime. Then and only then, the damnable DNA of the dead LE (or so-called DDDLE) can rest in peace. Until then the sacred text says, peace, but no peace. Amen. Where is Ruth in this process? Is the girl helpful or where is Doug in this?? The Healing Team members??? Where is the promise of his coming?

  17. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    To Mark, with love:

    Dear Mark,

    I have seen your response, and it is less than acceptable. It is filled with words, and nothing in concrete. You need to come out of your bunkers (you have many, the school, the student -human shield- body, and your own false sense of piety. No, there is no god or saviour in your case. Come out and be cleaned. Come, let us reason together, so saith the Lord, though your sins may be as red as crushed grapes and the blood of those raped victims, it shall be as white as snow. But come out, set forth the leadership they look for at Prairie, name the dead and living perpetrators, and expel them from among you, and I shall accept your prayers, and thank0offering. Thus saith the Lord, there is no peace when your bed is short and your genital is showing. Be a man, not a coward when you deal justly and righteously, and so I will bless you. Until now, curses are on you and your methods and not to mention a day is coming, when all your friends will depart from you, you and the Damnable Franciso dude.

    Listen and behold the words of the Lord. Amen.

  18. Angelyn says:

    It’s been six weeks now since the above exchanges between myself and Mark Maxwell, and I thought I’d give an update. But first I want to thank you all for your encouraging comments.

    I obliged Mark and offered him some specific advice, basically a tutorial on the dynamics of sexual abuse. He replied with appreciation, saying he was incorporating parts of my advice in the new “harassment and assault policy” manual, and reiterated his intent to send it to me for comment when a draft was complete. It is understood that such re-writes take time in any president’s busy schedule. I shall add here that it is also understood, hopefully, that rewrites do not guarantee real changes. That’s where things stand now – no communication between him and me since. However…

    Out of the blue I received an e-mail from Miriam (Mim) Maxwell. She is a significant person in this scenario because not only were we in the same PBI graduating class(1963), she is also a member of PBI’s “Healing Team” for abuse survivors. She’s a daughter of PBI founder L. E. Maxwell, and though I don’t have this absolutely confirmed, I suppose she is Mark’s aunt. Since graduation she and I have had no contact until this e-mail.

    Her mail was very friendly, and she introduced herself as a friend, not mentioning the “healing team” connection (which I knew about from the web). She said there may be a greater purpose in our contact just now, and offered her condo in Vancouver so I could come and we could “visit.” The predominant theme in her mail was the instance of sexual assault I had experienced at PBI which she had to have gotten from pbisurvivors.com. She had “wept” when she read it – if only she had known she could have been there for me, etc. Reading it, I felt like a victim all over again, but *only very fleetingly.*

    I replied, thanking her for the invitation, saying I would bring it up with my husband. I did not address the abuse except to say that my reason for writing the account was not to solicit support, but to offer support to others who have endured similar abuse, “or worse. Mine was minuscule compared to many,” I said. And I allowed her to use a nickname by which she addressed me (saying she hoped I didn’t mind), which has not been used for many years and appears no where on the internet as far as I know.

    Most significantly, I wrote, “Yes, there may be a greater purpose in our contact just now. My own agenda in regard to PBI is to bring to bear whatever positive influence I can, with a view to promoting progress for all concerned in the current sex abuse issues that have arisen. These things don’t tend to go away easily, and perhaps not at all. They do stand in the way and require their own kind of attention. Any thoughts you may have will be very welcome here.”

    That was a month ago, and to date I have not received “any thoughts” or any further message from her.

  19. The Lord Ben Chung says:

    There is no honesty in contacting you regarding your past experiences, other than to diffuse a situation. I suspect the Lord Maxwell (the dead LE) was probably an abuser, if not sexual, emotional and physical. Given his blue collar background and his ill-prepared education, he could have taken it all out on his children. That is my opinion. It is time, to shut the school down and apologize for the past atrocities.

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  21. As usual Mark Maxwell has made promises that he doesn’t fulfill. He promised to get back to her about the abuse policy and he doesn’t. Just the same old same old routine from Mark. I wonder if he ever keeps his promises.

    I found the contact that Miriam made to Angelyn so telling. Don’t tell me the Maxwell Mafia isn’t trying to keep a lid on this abuse scandal and hush things up. Miss Ruthie and Miriam are right in cahoots with Mark to make personal contact with every person who was abused. They want to silence us and diffuse our voices. Make no mistake the Maxwell Mafia is alive and well and they have their fingers in every aspect of this scandal. If they say they want the perps to be held accountable – that’s hogwash. They want to make sure that PBI has a good reputation because a good reputation = cash money.

  22. Angelyn Ray says:

    Thanks for your comment, Linda. I’m glad to see it.

    Actually, Mark did send me, on April 19, the “new” policy manual draft. He had removed the biased selection of Scripture, which was at the heart of my original complaint. Other than that, the policies were at best ambiguous, and to my reading the language favored the abusers as much as ever, maybe more. Clearly, the objective was to protect PBI from being sullied from complaints of abuse.

    I responded to Mark as diplomatically as I could, while telling him, in a nutshell, that the policies were way off base and made PBI look like it was protecting itself at the expense of victims of abuse. I gave him a few specifics.

    Later I sent him an example of well-written policies used by the LDS church, and minced no words telling him that the PBI team who would follow up on reports of abuse needed a thorough training in the dynamics of abuse, and not only that, but “a change of heart.”

    And because he always responded enthusiastically to me, I felt I would become part of the problem if I continued, since it was clear to me, from his comments, that the motive was to get a well-written policy manual so PBI could become an example of “how to do it” for other Bible schools.

    So I bowed out, and told him I’d given him all the help I could on the manual.

    If I had more energy to put into it I might be disgusted, or maybe heartsick. But I don’t have energy for that. There are too many doors that are open to beat my head and heart into a brick wall.

    If any survivors are out there who have the heart to realize that PBI does NOT speak for God, and PBI is WRONG in the way it is handling reports of abuse, it may be your turn to bring to bear the letter of the law on the situation. There’s no guarantee of results, and it will take all the guts and gumption you’ve got, but you will have told your truth, and you will know it. There is freedom and relief in that. The trend of the times is in your favor. And you are not alone.

  23. Thanks Angelyn. I am heartsick and disgusted – once again Mark Maxwell shows his true colors. He will never get it that this is not about protecting PBI’s image but helping people who as children were damaged at the school. I am glad you had the insight to see through his bullshit and get to the heart of the matter. I respect you for not letting Mark manipulate you as well. Good for you!

    I had to laugh when you mentioned that it appeared that PBI wanted to be an example for other Bible schools on “how to do it”. If this is really their aim then they have totally blown it. Mark Maxwell has become a laughingstock to many of the survivors from Bob Jones University and Hyles-Anderson College, not to mention the many people who have read the media reports about the abuse scandal. PBI has no chance of being an example to other Bible schools – except to serve as a bad example of what NOT TO DO. The arrogance is astounding!

    If PBI ever hopes to redeem themselves they need to immediately do the following (in no particular order):

    1) Get rid of the healing team – they have lost all credibility and only serve as a smoke screen to deflect attention away from the abuse scandal.

    2) Get a PR person who has the sensitivity to put out press releases that do not antagonize the survivors. Enough of Mark Maxwell’s “suck and blow” comments, minimizing our abuse, passing the buck and complete ineptness as a spokesperson. He has only inflamed the situation. Mark Maxwell needs to stop his childish sulking and ignoring the survivors. This is so destructive and counter-productive.

    3) Set up a liaison person with complete access to PBI records and yearbooks to serve as a resource person to the survivors to piece together their stories of abuse by getting the documentation and pictures they need. This person would not be supervised by PBI in any way, shape or form. Their role would be to simply provide any documentation that is requested by the survivors.

    4) Hire a legitimate 3rd party to oversee a complete investigation and information gathering of the abuse that took place at PBI. G.R.A.C.E. is still the #1 choice for the survivors due to their professional experience and expertise in this area. Bob Jones University has hired them and that should be a good enough recommendation for PBI. Enough of the disparaging attitude towards G.R.A.C.E., it’s time of PBI to bite the bullet and allow themselves to be under intense scrutiny. Until a thorough investigation is completed where the survivors have been heard and acknowledged, there will be no end to this scandal. We will not leave until every voice has been heard.

    5) All of the alumni who have been hostile and unkind to any survivor needs to make things right with that survivor/survivors. It doesn’t matter what the survivor said or did – the alumni had no right to hurt any of us. What has been lost in all of this is that the harsh words that have been said on the survivor’s side came from a place of deep pain and anguish. The alumni who were less than Christ-like were in the wrong.

    6) Fred Whaples owes me an apology and needs to clear my name for all the lies he has told about me and the false police report that he filed against me.

    7) PBI needs to repent in humility from their pride and arrogance and as a corporate body, they need to embrace the survivors with love and compassion. There needs to be a complete change of heart where the survivors are not seen as enemies of God or of PBI. Those administrators who have enabled and covered up abuse need to come forward and make a formal apology to the survivors. The administration and board needs to send a clear message to the alumni that no hostility against the survivors will ever be tolerated again. The whole school needs to look for what God wants to teach the school through this scandal instead of resisting the survivors.

    Unless PBI initiates these changes, they will have their share of lawsuits – the survivors will not put up with the way they have been treated forever.

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