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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:45 am 
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Hey, you all. I haven't written on this forum in quite some time, but I was wondering if you can help me with some information. I've been approached by an "investigator" who says he is looking into PNG abuse. He is:

Brad Brown - Investigator
Professional Investigators International
Liberty Lake, WA

My brother spoke on the phone with Mr. Brown (though the story is only mine; my brother was a bystander). He said Scott Ross had the idea of hiring a 3rd party for finding out what happened in NTM PNG.

I had given my story to NTM several years ago, but nothing was done, and I don't wish to go through the trauma of remembering again, if it is again for nothing. Can someone give me advice or research who this is?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:27 am 
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PII interviewed me last year.
They are hired by IHART - who have been hired by NTM.
The PII folk are amazing. What happens with the investigation no one knows.
I think Brad is one of the investigators who spoke with my mother and father a couple of weeks ago...

Yes, it hurts horribly to open up - but there is also a great deal of healing in the process! BUT telling your story is also good "for the record". It puts light on the fact that we are MANY.
I was going to put "we are LEGION!" but that would probably be very misinterpreted!!

Whatever you do, do it for YOU!!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:17 am 
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Nope ain't heard anything for some time from IHART. They said they'd let me know when they get to PNG.

And speaking to parents, now that is going to be interesting!!! They're in for an experience . . .


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Thank you so much, dreamwords, for letting us know this has happened.

I am alarmed to hear Pii is contacting PNG MKs. As recently as two weeks ago, I was assured by NTM that IHART would not be starting any other investigations of other schools until at least one of the current ones had run its full course. So the fact that you have been contacted by someone who says they are with Pii raises an alarm for me. Is IHART going rogue on NTM? Is Pii starting to do their own thing? Why is Scott Ross' name being mentioned? Brad Brown is not even listed on Pii's website as one of their investigators.

http://www.teampii.com/our-team/

I have repeatedly expressed multiple concerns, both here, and directly to NTM. I will say again that I am absolutely not in favor of IHART beginning any other investigations until they show us how one of the current investigations is going to work, all the way to the end. As things stand now, Pat Hendrix seems to indicate she will keep interviewing people from a particular school for as long as there are people who are willing to talk. For Pete's sake! That could be drawn out for years and years! There has to be some sort of a cut-off time, or nothing will ever get wrapped up!

I hope this thread will get the attention of someone in NTM. We need some explanation. Has IHART been given the go-ahead to contact PNG MKs? Why has there been no word of this on the NTM website, or via a letter from Brian Shortmeier? How would an MK like dreamwords even know if this inquiry by a Brad Brown is even legit?

I am deeply concerned about this development, and I hope we can get some clarification. MKs need to know who they are talking to. And they need to know, should they decide to talk, WHY they are talking. Meaning, what is the expected end result of this gathering of information??


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:31 pm 
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What is going on now?

Here's the article regarding the implementation of the GRACE report and ongoing investigation:

http://usa.ntm.org/content/historic-abuse-investigations/2475/fanda-report-response-summary

Let's just play this safe and cut and paste the whole article, as web pages have a habit of disappearing off NTM's websites of late.




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POSTED ON NOVEMBER 3, 2011

Throughout this past year, the NTM USA Executive Board has prayerfully sought to take appropriate action on recommendations given us in the GRACE report on abuse that happened at Fanda in the 1980s and 1990s. Personally, for us who have been heavily in the midst of this, we’ll never be the same.

Seeing the devastating results of past sin on former MKs has greatly impacted us. It has deepened our commitment to be vigilant against such abuse ever happening again in NTM.

The following summary of NTM’s responses to the GRACE recommendations is neither the beginning nor the end of our efforts at looking back and reckoning with past failure. More needs to be done.

We are committed to staying the course with independent investigations seeking to identify any remaining issues that need further action. We are also committed to continuing to improve our efforts to value and protect children through screening, training and application of our Child Protection policy wherever our members minister.

New Tribes Mission has maintained close communication with GRACE in working to comply with all three general recommendations in GRACE’s report on child abuse that took place at Fanda School in Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s.

GRACE summarized the heart of the report in three general recommendations:

“New Tribes Mission must demonstrate repentance for the sins committed at the Fanda boarding school.”
“New Tribes Mission must distance its name, and the greater name of Christ, from any personnel who directly or indirectly harmed children.”
“New Tribes Mission must take immediate and continuing action to lessen if not eliminate the possibility that children will be abused in the future.”
NTM USA and GRACE worked together to clarify and implement their recommendations. GRACE was made aware of all instances in which NTM was following the spirit and intent of the recommendations and not the precise letter. Former students and NTM members have been informed of the specific actions taken in regard to each of the personnel named in the report.

Recommendation: “New Tribes Mission must demonstrate repentance for the sins committed at the Fanda boarding school.”

NTM USA has established a communications channel for former students.

An MK Fund has been established by NTM USA to assist former students with costs including but not limited to mental health counseling and treatment, medical treatment and medications.

With GRACE’s consent, New Tribes Mission USA has chosen to mediate rather than arbitrate with former students. That process is under way. Mediation leaves both sides with options if they are unable to reach an agreement, whereas arbitration is binding from the time the process begins.

NTM USA has established a means to facilitate professional, impartial and independent investigations of past abuse cases at boarding schools in NTM. The first investigation is under way.

At such point as there is a consensus among the former students on a repentance retreat, follow-up to the retreat, or a memorial, NTM USA will work with the former students on those recommendations.

Recommendation: “New Tribes Mission must distance its name, and the greater name of Christ, from any personnel who directly or indirectly harmed children.”

NTM has taken action on GRACE’s recommendations regarding all 20 of the personnel named in the report.

NTM USA sought and received clarification from GRACE in regard to actions against people who were in leadership at the time and not implicated personally for child abuse. Most of these people are now retired and some live in an NTM retirement center. GRACE recommended they be retroactively terminated.

New Tribes Mission USA sought clarification of whether retroactive termination meant removing them from retirement status and evicting them from NTM USA retirement facilities. GRACE’s response was that the report was not meant to displace retirees from their homes, and that leaders who were retroactively terminated could continue on retirement status. Notice of retroactive termination and the reason for it was put into their files, as recommended.

GRACE was also informed of and in agreement with allowing one man who was in field leadership at the time of the abuse, and was still in active service in Senegal, to retire for similar reasons and under similar conditions.

Although former leaders contributed to the MK Fund for a number of months, as recommended by the report, New Tribes Mission USA has chosen to take over financial responsibility for their contributions, using investment income.

Recommendations in regard to three personnel who were members of NTM Canada were referred to NTM Canada.

In one case, the report recommended that an NTM member be dismissed. After the report was released, GRACE did additional follow-up and supports the decision of NTM to not dismiss the member.

Recommendation: “New Tribes Mission must take immediate and continuing action to lessen if not eliminate the possibility that children will be abused in the future.”

Two of the three specific recommendations are complete, and the other is under way.

GRACE reviewed NTM’s child protection policies, and called them “thorough and thoughtful.” Improvements based on GRACE’s recommendations were approved earlier this year. The most significant change is that NTM no longer investigates child abuse in-house. All investigations of contemporary reports of child abuse will be conducted by independent investigators.

The boarding school policy referred to by GRACE in this section of the report was changed years before the report was issued. Missionaries are not required to send their children to boarding school; it is just one of the options available. Fewer than 9 percent of NTM dependents live away from their parents at boarding schools, and are primarily junior high school and high school age.

A leadership review is also under way, and is being developed in coordination with experienced leadership professionals outside NTM. NTM USA today is committed to a grace-oriented servant leadership style, and is encouraging that style through ongoing leadership development, accountability and member care.

In compliance with GRACE’s recommendation in their Report of August 2010, NTM chose to remove Mr. Ross from “any and all work and/or responsibilities relating to any form of child abuse matters within New Tribes Mission.”

Desiring to be transparent with each decision we make, we realize the former emphatic statement of “any and all responsibility” has hindered our child protection efforts.

Scott continues as our In House Counsel and there is significant overlap in the child prevention/allegation and legal areas. Scott’s intense focus and study in this area has made him a much sought-after expert within the Christian community. His efforts since 1998 have resulted in strong contributions that greatly benefitted children throughout many missionary and church communities. In light of this, we decided to consult his expertise in child protection matters as the need arises. NTM maintains its position to outsourcing independent investigations by qualified non NTM investigators for abuse allegations.


So why does Scott Ross's name surface when we have this statement:

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In compliance with GRACE’s recommendation in their Report of August 2010, NTM chose to remove Mr. Ross from “any and all work and/or responsibilities relating to any form of child abuse matters within New Tribes Mission.”


And New Zealand MKs were reassured we would be treated like any other MKs by IHART, but look what happened to the Canadians:

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Recommendations in regard to three personnel who were members of NTM Canada were referred to NTM Canada


NTM New Zealand consists of two people, one of whom is apparently retiring soon. So do we get dumped in with NTM Australia? Remember they don't exist, they are now Crossview Australia and claim they are legally seperate from NTM anywhere else and to be blunt want absolutely nothing to do with this mess (personal experience of a few of us). So we are going to be shitted on all over again, no doubt.

Look how many of the GRACE recommendations have been altered, so that the guilty in former leadership roles are excused from their recommendations and this is what NTM is admitting to, it could be even worse in reality.

And who is Brad Brown? Doesn't appear on the PII website.

We are dealing with an organisation with a long history of child abuse and the covering up of the same at the highest level. Yet despite all the smooth words, they still don't seem to be able to get the basics right. And I'm supposed to trust my very personal account and details with strangers who are representing this muddled up mess of an organisation. It just doesn't add up. Should have stuck with GRACE is my opinion.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:43 pm 
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I think Brad Brown is the coordinator.


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I've spoken to Brad at PII regarding the investigation of what happened to me while I was in PNG. As far as I know it is still ongoing but I haven't had an update recently. I did talk to two IHART investigators as well and then PII took over the investigation. If anyone wants additional information, PM me.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:59 pm 
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"Pii took over the investigation ..."

Hmm .... these five words are most intriguing ....

Something is afoot, I suspect ... something coming to light today in this forum.

Luke 8:17
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:05 pm 
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From the NTM website:

http://usa.ntm.org/historic-abuse-investigations


Pat Hendrix, the coordinator of the Independent Historical Abuse Review Team, has been engaged by NTM-USA to conduct independent investigations of past child abuse within NTM. She is an experienced child sexual abuse investigator. NTM-USA requests that all members and former members as well as their children cooperate with any investigation being conducted by IHART. If you have information regarding abuse at any of the NTM schools please contact Pat Hendrix at pat.mkguardian@gmail.com or 1-407-304-8476.

Do you see anything here about Pii, or Brad Brown??

Because I sure don't.

For the public view, "Pat Hendrix, the coordinator of the Independent Historical Abuse Review Team, has been engaged by NTM-USA to conduct independent investigations of past child abuse within NTM."


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:11 pm 
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So which one of us is going to write to NTM, IHART, PII or whoever and demand (or ask nicely if you prefer) for an explanation?

Please don't assume that someone you've heard on the grapevine is good at writing letters is going to, because that is going to be a wrong assumption. ;)


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