US missionary organization ABWE dumps G.R.A.C.E. investigative team

Following lengthy deliberation and prayer, ABWE today replaced G.R.A.C.E.— the victims’ advocacy organization—with a new investigative firm. G.R.A.C.E. was hired by ABWE in May 2011 to independently investigate the tragic child abuse by former missionary Donn Ketcham in Bangladesh more than 20 years ago, and ABWE’s subsequent handling of the situation. ABWE board members and executives discovered that G.R.A.C.E.’s investigative process was “fatally flawed” and would not find the truth, nor advance the cause of reconciliation with the victims.

Association of Baptists for World Evangelism says that they chose a new private investigative firm after complaints about G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments) by victims of abuse. G.R.A.C.E. was due to submit  a semi-final report in five weeks.  In it’s press release, ABWE called the G.R.A.C.E. investigation fatally flawed.

In the past few months, several individuals who were interviewed by G.R.A.C.E. during the investigative process voluntarily contacted ABWE, unsolicited, to share their concerns. These individuals reported that the interviews by G.R.A.C.E. were not conducted in a professional way or in complete independence and autonomy, as stipulated by ABWE’s contract with G.R.A.C.E.

As a result of these conversations, ABWE believes that G.R.A.C.E.:

  1. Has not utilized acceptable practice and professional techniques in interviews to obtain truthful statements. For example, in its Philadelphia interviews of more than 20 witnesses, many of them alleged victims, it was reported that G.R.A.C.E. housed them in the same hotel and allowed the witnesses to compare stories BEFORE the interviews, thereby tainting the testimony so much that it would not have been admissible in a court of law according to former VA Attorney General Mark Earley. 
  2. Has not recorded many of their interviews to ensure accuracy and context of the interviewees’ testimony, which is standard operating procedure for any independent investigation, especially as to alleged victims and key witnesses.
  3. Has provided to interviewees incomplete and inaccurate transcriptions of their interviews.
  4. Has asked clearly leading questions to interviewees, demonstrating what appears to be a strong bias in one direction.
  5. Has added and/or cut out important information, including any favorable information about ABWE, letting the transcript misrepresent facts and not reflecting appropriately what the interviewee stated.
  6. Has confronted some interviewees with blatant and intimidating statements and suggestions, rather than questions, during the interviews.
  7. Has refused to use any standard of evidence (such as preponderance of evidence or clear and convincing as adopted by ABWE) in which to apply the facts to reach its conclusions.
  8. Finally, these wrong investigative tactics and flaws have led victims to withdraw from the investigation with a number of other victims and witnesses expressing similar concerns about the perceived lack of truthfulness of any report due to the fatal investigative flaws. In fact, one of the victims who was allegedly abused by Donn Ketcham has recently withdrawn from G.R.A.C.E. investigation and stated to G.R.A.C.E., “We continue to be very uncomfortable about the incomplete nature of the notes.  We were very surprised that G.R.A.C.E. did not record our session in order to get a complete record of the interview  . . . Therefore [we] withdraw our consent for G.R.A.C.E. to use any part of our interview both verbal and written in its investigation process.”  One of the victims stated to ABWE that she felt that she was “re-victimized by G.R.A.C.E.”.

In an effort to address these issues directly with G.R.A.C.E., ABWE shared its concerns in correspondence in November and December 2012with additional follow up in recent weeks, but to no avail.

It appears the sticking point for the missionary organization is “clear and convincing evidence and preponderance of the evidence.” Fair enough. However, this organization has been facing allegations of abuse that go back a long way in its 85 year history. Historical abuse is not going to generate evidence, which has understandably been destroyed, lost and degraded, if it was even collected at all. Children on the mission field did not have anyone to go to, no one was there to collect evidence or prosecute their abusers.  ABWE seems to be all over the map, having hired a law firm to do an investigation while G.R.A.C.E. was doing theirs. According to abuse survivors statements by ABWE have been vague about disciplinary actions taken against adults in their employ who abused missionary kids.

This decision by ABWE to change horses in mid-stream is going to cause an uproar. The goal of ‘reconciliation’ with abuse survivors is not a healthy end goal for anyone who has suffered abuse through a religious organization, and is not as ABWE believes, biblical.

To once again put abuse survivors through interviews with another investigative firm may be less about getting to the truth than wearing survivors down.  Pii states it does not release any information about its investigations publicly as G.R.A.C.E. does. Since ABWE is Pii’s client, it appears that the best interests of survivors aren’t as important as ABWE controlling reputation, information and outcome.

The main page for ABWE survivors is here. This has been a long and painful process for missionary kids, who have been pleading for justice and proper policies since the 1980′s.

ABWE has demanded that G.R.A.C.E. release it’s investigative records to the new hire Pii.

In its statement today ABWE used survivors to slam G.R.A.C.E. Abuse thrived in a culture of power fear and silence – it is going to be interesting to see how G.R.A.C.E. responds publicly to being shelved and whether abuse survivors continue to be the priority as fallout from this AWE decision unfolds.

ABWE has offices in the US and Canada, and operates with about 1200 staff in 70 countries.

Pii:  Professional Investigators International

Each investigation is conducted with a strategy customized to our client’s needs. No two investigations are exactly alike. Throughout the course of any investigation, we work to interview all pertinent parties, subjects or witnesses, obtain and review all data, perform necessary research and surveillance, if necessary. Through the course of our investigations we deliver regular reports to our clients providing updates and seeking feedback. Upon completion of an assignment, our clients receive a detailed report as to our findings.

Abuse by Mission Doctor in Bangladesh
How ABWE has controlled and limited the G.R.A.C.E. investigation
ABWE
G.R.A.C.E.

Update: Pii was hired by New Tribes Mission (Independent Historic Abuse Review Team- IHART) a year ago – January 16/12 – to conduct an investigation into abuses at the NTM Panama school between 1962-2006. Pii is expected to complete it’s investigation this summer. It appears Pii is connected with New Tribe Missions. IHART is a division of NTM.
Can anyone clarify this?  How would an investigative team set up by New Tribe Missions be hired to investigate abuse at ABWE?

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31 Responses to US missionary organization ABWE dumps G.R.A.C.E. investigative team

  1. Jeffrey Hoffman says:

    What an interesting case of spin-doctoring coming from ABWE.

    As a survivor who has spoken at length with one of the principals at G.R.A.C.E., and who currently believes that this organization has survivors interests at hear, let me clearly state that I will not and would not speak to any investigative attorney whose law firm represents the organization accused of malfeasance in any investigation into my abuse, at least certainly not in any context other than my actually being deposed and with my own counsel present.

    G.R.A.C.E. is not a law firm. It is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, which means it operates in the public trust, and not to the distinct advantage of its clients. This is a grave mistake on the part of ABWE and I suspect it represents a “circle the wagons” response to the initial findings of G.R.A.C.E.’s investigation which likely led it to conclude that there were allegations about others besides Donn Ketcham.

    God help the ABWE survivors. I pray that you will all find justice.

  2. Kathryn Jenkins Trostad says:

    I was raised in an abusive Baptist Church. My father was a deacon and my mother ran many of the programs there. I am not shocked at the accusations! Incest was the game of choice at the church and when it was exposed, the minister announced from the pulpit that I had mental problems. Others claimed we were after my parents money. At the time of my father’s arrest he admitted to sexually abusing all his children and all his grandchildren. My child told on him when she saw him going after his under two great granddaughter. The minister at the time of court came to the courthouse to harass us and he was extremely pompous and arrogant. Ten days later he was caught with his pants down in the parsonage with a young woman from the church. apparently that was his hobby. There are plenty more stories but the bottom line is that the victims are always discredited. Of my many siblings none really tell the same story as they greatly differ in kinds of abuse and how it was processed as a child.
    To heal I had to accept the apologies I never got and I will always be grateful to my child for sorting out happened. She stopped six generations of incest! And no she was not treated like the hero she is!
    The abuse involved a church and a Baptist Camp, but they did not want to hear it. And as far as reconciliation goes pedophilia is an incurable addiction to evil! I forgave and forgot and it happened to my children! Even Oprah had child molesters in her school in Africa.
    To use your won words:”Following lengthy deliberation and prayer, ABWE today replaced G.R.A.C.E.— the victims’ advocacy organization—with a new investigative firm. G.R.A.C.E. was hired by ABWE in May 2011 to independently investigate the tragic child abuse by former missionary Donn Ketcham in Bangladesh more than 20 years ago, and ABWE’s subsequent handling of the situation. ABWE board members and executives discovered that G.R.A.C.E.’s investigative process was “fatally flawed” and would not find the truth, nor advance the cause of reconciliation with the victims.”
    Why do I see no mention that you are interested in finding the truth. Yes, there is a “fatal flaw” and it in your won thinking that this cannot be possibly true. Hell will be full of Baptists would disregarded the Word of God about children. While the Bible does say exactly what God will do to people who hurt children it does say it is better they were not born or had a millstone tied around their neck and thrown in the deepest sea!
    The truth is there, but with PII’s comment of “Each investigation is conducted with a strategy customized to our client’s needs” I seriously doubt they will give any of the alleged victims the safe place to tell they need! Shameful!

  3. Bene Diction says:

    Agreed Jeffrey – here is the G.R.A.C.E. mission statement. There appears to be more to this decision than ABWE is prepared to publicly admit. To hire a commercial PI firm with different purposes than G.R.A.C.E. this late in the game, and to attempt to discredit is cause for pause.

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  4. Jo says:

    My first impression and my gut feeling is that ABWE still has issues, and they’re not good ones. If those interviewed feel like they did not get a fair or honest hearing, then maybe they should each, individually, and independent of anybody else come forward and speak up and name names. Otherwise, they might just as well remain silent the rest of their lives and live with their pain ’cause apparently nobody else is going to do it for them. I can’t believe that, just now, some of those abused have come forward to say their statements were not recorded, etc: “Oh, by the way, six or eight months ago nobody had a tape recorder.” I would have, for sure, had an extra recorder of my own plus a couple of my own witnesses present during any time ANYBODY questioned me. No, I’m really not buying ABWE’s action.

  5. Bene Diction says:

    I don’t know if we can appreciate how difficult it is for survivors to find their voice, and then make the effort to speak to an investigative team. Everyone involved would be in different stages of healing, and expectations of process and outcome might vary.

    Any survivor interviewed by G.R.A.C.E. who were not happy with process and outcome, and not happy with recourse with their complaint sto G.R.A.C.E. has difficult decisions to make about what to do about how they believe and feel they were treated.

    Lodging a complaint with ABWE is one rout for upset survivors to go. The question I have is how many victims told G.R.A.C.E. and ABWE that they were unhappy with the process?

    We only have ABWEs word

    “…these wrong investigative tactics and flaws have led victims to withdraw from the investigation with a number of other victims and witnesses…”

    How many survivors? What witnesses?
    Why aren’t the witnesses able to speak up for themselves?

    It’s good any survivor finds their voice and I doubt G.R.A.C.E. has a problem with complaints about process, that goes with the territory. Complaints about process isn’t really what appears to be going on here.
    It is interesting ABWE chose to speak for this victim or victims, or looking at this statement casually, use them. I’m inclined to think this is about ABWE, not survivors and not G.R.A.C.E.

  6. Hmmm says:

    Something smells fishy here on both sides. For ABWE to cut ties at this late stage suggests something on their end that they are trying to cover up. But what? They have already acknowledged this happened, and those connected with it are not longer around.

    For GRACE not to use basic procedures and documentation suggests something on their end. Why would they not want all of this unmistakeably documented so that ABWE cannot make these accusations? That a victim related to the Ketcham incident pulls their testimony does not speak highly of GRACE at all. GRACE could very easily put this to rest by producing recordings and transcripts that would prove ABWE is wrong in this matter.

    All told, I would much rather trust a secular organization than a Christian one, as much as I hate to say that.

    To Kathryn, I am curious as to why you doubt that this new group will give a safe place to speak? Do you have some awareness of them?

  7. BD says:

    Hiring a PI firm after having hired the law firm to investigate seems redundant.

  8. When it comes to victims being heard, the tactics being used to keep them silent continues to be used as a controlling tool. If so-called ‘spiritual leaders’ in any Christian organization can keep the voice of those who have been harmed from being heard, then their work is done.

    If victims are told that no one will believe their story, that may be enough to squelch any initiative on their part to bring the evil perpetrated on them into the light. Shaming victims is a strategic method to keep truth from being brought forward.

    There are many offenses which have been kept under wraps by tactics of unscrupulous leaders who try to keep institutions free from charge and deflect the blame onto the victims. Whether it is sexual abuse of children or adults, domestic violence, or spiritual abuse, deflecting from those severely wounded to the perceived merits of spiritual leaders or spiritual institutions is something that Christians need to be made aware of.

    Continuing with the ‘ideal’ that Christian leaders are without blame and that victims are simply troublemakers intent on bringing an institution down–is far from the biblical ideal of allowing the light to shine in dark places in order to ferret out what has gone on in the darkness. Shame, instead, is upon institutions who use their power to make a mockery of the truth.

  9. Bene Diction says:

    It is possible G.R.A.C.E. may have messed up. At this stage, that possibility certainly can’t be ruled out. We’ll have a clearer picture when G.R.A.C.E responds to the firing and the allegations. That being said, I would think that as a trusted non-profit working in the US, an internal review and public disclosure/response would be in their best interests since G.R.A.C.E. is accountable to the public. The law firm was accountable only to ABWE and Pii is also accountable only to ABWE.
    Pii may well be more qualified to investigate, no one knows. The end goal for Pii is not the end goal G.R.A.C.E seeks. Pii is client centred, not survivor centred.

    I wonder if groups such as G.R.A.C.E are going to become an industry (and competitive) as more and more adult survivors of childhood abuse in religious organizations start speaking up?

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  11. Bene Diction says:

    Hi Barb:
    Read the comment from a family member in regards to another ABWE employee who molested, and like Ketcham was permitted to continue to molest.

    http://tinyurl.com/as35atm

    What are the common tactics used by religious organizations to intimidate and silence adult survivors of child abuse? What tactics do you see with ABWE?

  12. Thanks for the clear information, with links to pages which give a context, regarding this latest defelopment http://bangladeshmksspeak.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/a-statement-of-solidarity-on-these-points/ In any group of survivors there will be disagreement, and mission agencies will often pit Former MK’s against one another. Organizations will choose of course to to connect with Former Mk’s and their families who want to protect the family/mission. It appears from the above blog that last fall these things were surfacing. The victims who had become advocates wrote a list of what all ABWE MK’s should all be able to agree on, and I have pasted that list at the end of this message. I suspect that the real motivation for ABWE pulling the plug on GRACE’s investigation is in the text of this list.

    1. ABWE has not only failed in the past to address child sexual abuse properly–as they have admitted–but their mishandling continues to this day with half-hearted internal investigations with secret outcomes, as demonstrated in the Simms Showers investigation. We ask for thorough investigating by true third parties in the future, for a full disclosure of the Simms Showers report(s) and any future reports, including a response from the accused, with only victims’ names protected. We also agree that the child abuse policy/guidelines at ABWE should be balanced enough that there are protections built in for both the accuser and the accused. We hope that ABWE will allow GRACE to inform such policies and allow for input from adult MKs.

    2. ABWE has not properly and publicly addressed their handling of administrative employees who were involved in child sexual abuse mishandling, including Michael Loftis, who they maintain publicly left for unrelated reasons.

    3. ABWE has not properly and publicly investigated and addressed concerns of sexual misconduct by nationals on the field of Bangladesh and concerns that nationals may have been abused by Donn Ketcham. All victims matter, not just MKs.

    4. We do not desire to destroy ABWE, but rather to see it restored to its former reputation of integrity.

  13. Bene Diction says:

    Hi Beverly:

    You are welcome, thanks for the added information. One thing I think observers find difficult (and organizations exploit) is disagreement and infighting in groups of abuse survivors. As abuse survivors find their voice, their healing, and their peers, disagreement is a step in the process of seeking justice, polity and resolution. I have no problem with any survivor unhappy with procedure speaking up. I do have a problem with their concerns being exploited…

  14. Concerned says:

    I am so saddened to hear this news. I have great confidence in GRACE and their objective investigative process. From my perspective, abuse has been hidden for so long in IFB environments, that it is incredibly shocking to hear the truth actually spoken. It is devastating that the victims went through so much pain to expose truth only to now be shut down and silenced again. I don’t believe that the victims are the ones who had a problem with GRACE. It is in ABWE’s interest to hide the abuse that occurred. I would never, ever trust anything that ABWE ever says after this decision. I wonder if they know and/or care about the continued harm they are causing. My heart breaks for those survivors hearing this news. I’m so sorry!

  15. Dee says:

    This is a disturbing development in this situation. I am grateful that you are covering the information. We will mention something about this over at our blog next week.

  16. Bene Diction says:

    Dee: Glad you stopped by my corner of the ‘net.

    Looking forward to what you have to say.

  17. BD says:

    This comment was made over at the MK forum today:

    “My hands are shaking as I write this. I still have another 4 days of isolation and I want to scream from the rooftop. ABWE UNCLEAN UNCLEAN! We were interviewed by GRACE and it was very very professional. Not once did they try to put words in our mouth or make it look like we said something we didn’t. In fact we asked them not to print a few statements we made and they cooperated. We were sent a copy of our interview and had to approve it before they would use it. I don’t trust “ABWE’s explanation at all, not at all.”

    http://fandaeagles.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=871&start=90

  18. Jeffrey Hoffman says:

    From PII’s web-site:

    “What is Pii’s privacy policy?

    Professional Investigators International protects all data with the highest level of care. We do not allow any information pertaining to our clients, witnesses, or subjects of an investigation to be viewed by any parties other than our client unless specifically requested in writing by our clients.

    Are details available about an ongoing or completed investigation in which I have an interest?

    During the course of an investigation, it is important that all information remains confidential. Upon the conclusion of an investigation by Professional Investigators International the party/parties who appointed us to conduct the investigation determine what of the information provided to them will be shared.

    That’s what this is about, folks. G.R.A.C.E. insists on making its findings public.

    A few months ago, GRACE was asked by Bob Jones University to investigate any and all complaints made to representatives of Bob Jones University or Bob Jones Academy related to sexual abuse. Bob Jones University/Academy indicated that the purpose of such an investigation is to identify any areas where either institution may have failed to adequately respond to sexual abuse disclosures, or may have conveyed inappropriate information regarding sexual abuse. The Bob Jones University/Academy leadership has communicated to GRACE that acknowledging and
    understanding any recognized failures will better equip both Bob Jones University and Bob Jones Academy to demonstrate authentic repentance to those who have been harmed, while also making the necessary institutional changes to insure that such is never repeated. In order for this process to achieve its purpose and maintain credibility, it is fundamental that GRACE work wholly independent from Bob Jones University/Academy and that the GRACE Final Report be published to the public in its entirety. GRACE agreed to conduct this investigation upon the assurances of the Bob Jones University/Academy leadership of its commitment to such independence and its promise to fully cooperate with the GRACE investigative team.

    I suspect A.B.W.E. knows there is something in that report that it does not want the public to know.

  19. This propaganda put out by ABWE does not pass the stink test. I think this is just another effort on the part of the mission to do damage control. Interesting the timing of this announcement right before GRACE was set to release their report. ABWE does a pre-emptive strike and fires GRACE (while slandering them) and hires a new company that will not publish the results of their investigation. No publication of results = no accountability required of ABWE. No publication of results = no lessons learned in order to improve the safety of children. No publication of results = maintaining the status quo for the mission. If I was a ABWE survivor I would boycott any participation in the new investigation. To participate is just allowing ABWE to continue on “business as usual”. It is a disgrace to the search for truth. It is a sham.

    I suspect what happened is that there were a survivor or two who had been sitting on the fence and felt pressured to participate in the GRACE investigation. They followed through and were shocked at how thorough GRACE was. They could see that GRACE was uncovering alot of abuse beyond Dr. Ketchum. These survivors felt torn and conflicted because on the one hand they still feel loyalty to ABWE and on the other hand they struggle desperately to overcome the effects of the abuse on their own lives. They want ABWE to be held accountable for their abuse but they want the report to be “soft-pedaled” and “nice”. I have said this a million times. There is no way for abuse to be disclosed without someone being hurt. Invariably there are families who are hurt by the disclosure of abuse on both sides. The abuser’s family suffers as well as the victim’s family. There is no getting around that if you are truly interested in truth. I suspect that these survivors allowed their emotions and pressure from those in the mission to sway them. It was easier to complain about GRACE than it was to remain resolute in holding ABWE responsible. In the end it is the victim and GRACE who pay.

    I am deeply saddened that GRACE’s reputation has been tarnished by ABWE. I have talked to many survivors who participated in a GRACE investigation and they were overwhelmed with their professionalism, compassion and integrity. I do not for a minute believe what GRACE is guilty of these accusations. Why would I take the word of an organization as tainted as ABWE? Shame on them for not owning their responsibility for the damage done to the children of their OWN missionaries. It is disgusting.

    I pray that GRACE continues strong for many years to come. They are an organization that deserves accolades for the good they have done, the survivors they have helped and the compassion they have shown. Many broken lives have been healed because of GRACE. I wish so much that PBI would hire GRACE as their third-party but as you know PBI has been operating like ABWE – working overtime to silence the survivors and protecting their organizations. It is shameful.

    How can we change things? Survivors can file lawsuits against the organizations and encourage donors to quit donating to these organizations who value the preservation of their organizations over the lives of brokenhearted survivors.

  20. Bene Diction says:

    On the Pii Our Team page:

    “All investigators fully vetted by Professional Investigators International and by the Independent Historical Abuse Review Team.”

    In other words the firm employees vet themselves, IHART is part of New Tribe Missions.

    That blurb at the top of the Pii Our Team page could be misplaced. Or not. The NTM Panama investigation is the only one listed on the Pii site.

    NTM Panama survivors who have been interviewed by Pii are happy with how they were treated. Some would like transcripts etc. and they are required to go through the IHART people, so this is not a transparent investigation.

    G.R.A.C.E. is. The G.R.A.C.E. January 2013 update:

    “According to the engagement agreement with ABWE, the Final Report (Factual Findings,
    Analysis,and Non Final Recommendations) will be first delivered to the ABWE Executive
    Board for the purpose of review. Upon the completion of this 5-day “Review Period”,
    GRACE shall release the Final Report to any and all interested former missionary kids who
    served in Bangladesh with ABWE.”

    Now that ABWE has dumped G.R.A.C.E. the final phase (Child Protection Task Force) is in the hands of ABWE and Pii.

  21. Bene Diction says:

    The ABWE G.R.A.C.E. mandate was only for the Ketcham situation as I understand it. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  22. Hopesome says:

    You are dealing wth a breach of HUMAN RIGHTS not relgious ‘rights’.

  23. Hopesome says:

    According to Wikipedia one of the recognised human rghts is – To be recognsed as a person: Sexual abuse doesn’t see the person only its sexual potential -

  24. February 10, 2013
     
    Mark Maxwell
    President
    Prairie Bible Institute
    P. O. Box 4000
    Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO
     

    Dear Mark:

    This is to inform you that the PBI survivors will not accept the Professional Investigators International (PII) group as a third-party under any circumstances.  We feel they lack the transparency that is necessary for such an investigation.  We are disappointed to see that the ABWE chose to remove GRACE and install PII as their third party.  We find it totally unacceptable that PII does not publicize the results of their investigations.  Their ties to New Tribes Mission is disturbing because as you know NTM has the worst track record of any mission organization to date in proactively dealing with the child molesters on their staff and have failed miserably to demonstrate compassion towards the survivors who have come to them in good faith.  Under no circumstances will be engage with anyone from PII or its affiliates.  We remain resolute that we trust GRACE to handle the investigation into the sex abuse allegations of staff and student children who were abused on PBI’s campus. We are not giving up in our commitment to see that Prairie Bible Institute hears and acknowledges each and every survivor of abuse.

    Until every voice is heard,

     Catherine Darnell

    Linda M. Fossen

  25. G.R.A.C.E. Responds to ABWE QL-HHlzru89 http://note.io/YlWNH1

  26. I am glad to see that GRACE rebutted the propaganda put out by the AWBE. If I have a choice to believe what GRACE says versus the AWBE, GRACE wins every time. AWBE has an agenda to protect their reputation at all costs. It is disgusting to see that once again these survivors are being pushed aside in order to protect the reputation of the perp and his mission organization. I pray the blessing of God on GRACE, they did not deserve the way AWBE disparaged their reputation and questioned the integrity of their staff. Shame on the AWBE…

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  28. Pamela E. Bennett says:

    We were interviewed by GRACE and we certainly had a different experience than those who claim they didn’t. Or did they? We found GRACE very professional, they did not put words in our mouth nor did they try to make something different than what we said. We made a couple of statements we asked not to be in our report and they cooperated. They sent us a copy that we were to read and resubmit. Not once did I know which side of our interview they were on. There were no leading questions other than what do you know? They listened without interruption and they wanted to make sure they understood what we were saying. When our interview was over there was no way of knowing whether they were biased for us or against us. They were totally neutral. Full stop.

  29. Pamela E. Bennett says:

    I apologise, I thought I read all comments but missed the one where I was quoted on the fandeagles forum. Not to worry, repetition is good. Full stop.

  30. Pamela E. Bennett says:

    GRACE is (was) only doing Dr. Donn William Ketcham from Bangladesh. Showers Simms LLP did all other abuse investigations. Their final report named one missionary (can be seen on the bangladeshmksspeak blog). They found 9 other cases but the abusers were either dead, retired, resigned or terminated and no names given. This is where it gets sticky for us. We were terminated from ABWE for insubordination, to this day we have never been told what we were insubordinate to. We just wanted to resign. I digress. My husband has requested ABWE to clear his name from this investigation since ABWE will not allow Showers Simms LLP to name the guilty. His request is if you won’t name the guilty you should name the innocent that fall under those 4 categories. They acknowledged receipt of his request via email and then later emailed us saying they would take his email in full (I think it was 3 sentences) to the board but so far his request has not been granted. This is not about us this is about sexual abuse, but at the end of the day one is tainted with such a non transparent finding from Showers Simms LLP. Full stop.

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