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 Post subject: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:09 pm 
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GRACE's independent investigation of Bob Jones University got back on track in February.

GRACE has now released the statement linked below. The investigative phase is completed, and they hope to release their report the end of August.

I find this document fascinating in the ways it contrasts with the information we (don't) receive, and the way GRACE expresses themselves. They set a very high standard .... one which is not being met by those handling the NTM investigations.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Godly-Re ... 3896480483

http://netgrace.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... e-2014.pdf


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Yes, I definitely noticed that. And I'm sure that when the report comes out, it will be public, name the abusers, and, to the extent necessary, detail the abuses.

Certainly quite a contrast from IHART/NTM's "investigation".


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:05 pm 
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Very straight forward and simple without all kinds of convoluted jargon.


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Today GRACE posted an explanation of why their final report on Bob Jones University is being postponed.

Once again I am amazed at GRACE's compassion, professionalism, sensitivity, and communication skill.

These are REAL people, who understand REAL life. They have a depth of empathy that is so refreshing.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Godly-Re ... 3896480483


Bob Jones Investigation Announcement – Postponement of Final Report

It is with a heavy heart that GRACE announces the very difficult decision to postpone
the final investigative report’s delivery date until late November/early December of
this year. Late last week, we informed the leadership of Bob Jones University of our
decision.

As the GRACE team was completing the investigative phase last spring, one of our
team members learned that his father suffered from an advanced and aggressive
cancer.

As the team began drafting the final report in early June, the team member’s father
underwent major surgery, hoping for a full and complete recovery. During that time,
our team member was the primary caregiver for his father, and he also continued,
fully committed and engaged, in drafting the final report.

In the past few weeks, the father’s condition took an unexpected downward turn, and
recovery looked unlikely. At that time, our team member decided to completely step
back from the writing process in order to care for his father. This was a difficult
decision, but one that the GRACE team fully supported. Early last week, we decided to
postpone the publication date in order to give our team member and friend the
necessary time to address this difficult family emergency.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, August 10th, the beloved father of our team
member passed away into the waiting arms of heaven. Though we deeply grieve with
our dear friend during this difficult season, perhaps he put it best when he recently
wrote, “The Lord has given, The Lord has taken, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Dying in Jesus is gain.”

Though none of us anticipated or wanted a delay, every GRACE team member
contributes insights that are absolutely critical to complete this historical process
with continued objectivity, thoroughness, and excellence. A publication date of late
November/early December will provide sufficient time for us to accomplish this
process. Please know that this delay is not due in any way to actions or inactions of Bob Jones
University. The BJU leadership has responded to this difficult announcement with
understanding, consideration, and professionalism.

In October, GRACE will post an update that will outline the final report’s delivery and
public release. This update will also provide a specific date of release.

We realize this announcement will be extremely upsetting for many who have
patiently waited for this final report. We sincerely apologize to each of you. We hope
and pray that this delay will best serve those who have participated in this
investigation by ensuring a comprehensive and exceptional final report.

Back to work…

The GRACE Team
August 13, 2014


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:39 am 
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GRACE gets it right every time.
Because they are the real deal.
Thank you GRACE.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:35 pm 
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An update from GRACE regarding their report on Bob Jones University. Now expected to be ready for publication in mid-December.

Of particular interest to me is a modification in their process. "The report will be delivered to a small group of Bob Jones University officials for the purpose of identifying alleged errors of fact." Perhaps this addresses one of the objections I have heard from NTMers about the way GRACE handled the release of their report on Fanda. It shows me that GRACE is open to modifying their process, and makes me wish, once again, that NTM had not lost trust in GRACE to investigate other abuse situations in NTM boarding schools. I wish we could turn back the clock and do this differently. With GRACE. :(

http://netgrace.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... r-2014.pdf

Bob Jones University Investigation – October 2014

The GRACE team has been working for the past 3 ½ months drafting the Final Report and
Recommendations of this independent investigation. The collaborative effort of the team in
compiling and synthesizing the data collected during this investigation has been both
challenging and very rewarding. We are confident that the final product will be thorough,
honest and fair.

The Final Report and Recommendations will be completed by the end of November. Shortly
thereafter, the report will be delivered to a small group of Bob Jones University officials for
the purpose of identifying alleged errors of fact. BJU has committed to maintaining strict
confidentiality during this process. GRACE will have complete autonomy to accept or reject
any alleged errors of fact identified by BJU. The sole purpose of this initial review is to
increase accuracy and minimize any minor factual errors within the report. After completion
of this short review period, the Final Report and Recommendations will be published on the
GRACE website. We anticipate publication no later than mid-December.

As we come to the end of this historic journey, GRACE wants to express our deepest thanks
and gratitude to the many individuals who have provided us support through your
encouragement and prayers. We are also thankful for the cooperation of Bob Jones
University. Though there were certainly some challenges along the way, we appreciate and
respect the institution’s commitment to complete what was started in January, 2013.

Though we anticipate varying reactions to the Final Report and Recommendations, it is our
prayer that it will fuel healing in the lives of many and positive and constructive changes in
the life of Bob Jones University. To that end, we look forward to watching God at work.

The GRACE Team


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:14 pm 
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Raz wrote:
An update from GRACE regarding their report on Bob Jones University. Now expected to be ready for publication in mid-December.

Of particular interest to me is a modification in their process. "The report will be delivered to a small group of Bob Jones University officials for the purpose of identifying alleged errors of fact." Perhaps this addresses one of the objections I have heard from NTMers about the way GRACE handled the release of their report on Fanda. It shows me that GRACE is open to modifying their process, and makes me wish, once again, that NTM had not lost trust in GRACE to investigate other abuse situations in NTM boarding schools. I wish we could turn back the clock and do this differently. With GRACE. :(



The report into Fanda Boarding School by Grace, was comprehensive and well done. I suspect the magnitude of the abuse and the subsequent coverup unnerved those who commissioned the report in NTM. It doesn't take to much to work out that fields like PNG have had high levels of child abuse and the implications of the full story coming out are going to have detrimental effects on members of NTM who do not want their reputations tarnished.
Cases of harassing victims and lying about the jailing of a paedophile will take some explaining, so it is easier to not have a competent inquiry such as done by GRACE, but an inquiry where the outcome and findings can be more easily controlled.

The clock cannot be turned back for any of us, what happened happened. It never should have, but it did. There has yet to be a comprehensive explanation of how so many criminals ended up in NTM boarding schools (sexual abuse is a criminal offense). The lengths gone to, to cover this up have been mind boggling.
If this was a criminal gang or the mafia few would be surprised, but this was/is a missionary organisation and the question still remains, how on earth did this happen?


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:37 am 
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Some high ranking officials might go to jail if the whole truth were known.
Here's a good discussion, Allbetter.
What do you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:39 pm 
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For those following GRACE's investigation of Bob Jones University, this is a highly interesting blogpost by Camille Lewis, a very articulate BJU alum:

http://www.drslewis.org/camille/2014/11 ... stigation/

The most fascinating sentence in this post, to me, is this one: "BJU is deathly afraid of a federal investigation."

This brings to mind other matters we've discussed here on Fanda Eagles. Especially investigations into historical abuse being conducted by governments in other countries, such as Australia and Great Britain.

Maybe the day will come when we in the United States will see a federal investigation into abuse committed overseas in decades past, in boarding schools run by mission organizations all over the world.

I do believe mission organizations would be deathly afraid of such investigations. Just like BJU is.

Hmm .... :?


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 Post subject: Re: Bob Jones University
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:48 pm 
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Raz wrote:
Maybe the day will come when we in the United States will see a federal investigation into abuse committed overseas in decades past, in boarding schools run by mission organizations all over the world.

I do believe mission organizations would be deathly afraid of such investigations. Just like BJU is.

Hmm .... :?


Hmmmmm, the U.S. is a large country and plays a big part on the international stage. It is an embarrassment when her citizens commit crimes in other countries, especially under the guise of assisting those countries. President Obama issue a statement about offending military personnel a while ago.
Not all countries have the friendly and forgiving status of Australia, New Zealand and Britain, for there are countries and groups who look for any excuse to discredit the U.S.
Therefore it is in everyones best interest that NTM and other missions deal harshly and publicly with any offending in guest countries. Justice must be seen to be done, swiftly and fairly.

I suspect that ICE's rapid dealing with Scott Kennel was no coincidence and neither was the length of his sentence.

It's a bit like the difference of reaping and sowing in the backyard versus reaping and sowing with a combine harvester. The combine harvester gets far more notice and needs to keep on the straight and narrow.


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