Three MKs who were abused on the mission field spoke out in an interview which was aired today on CBN News. You can watch the interview on their web site. Kari Mikitson is a New Tribes Mission MK who was sexually abused at a boarding school in Senegal. Wes Stafford attended Mamou Alliance Academy, the school featured in the documentary All God’s Children. Susannah Baker is an ABWE MK who was abused in the 60s and 70s while she was living with her family on a missionary compound in Bangladesh, by an ABWE missionary doctor. Boz Tchvidjian, who heads up the GRACE organization which conducts abuse investigations, also appears in this interview.
I applaud all of these people for speaking out about their experiences, and helping to bring to light these things which mission organizations have been trying to keep secret.
I just want to say that even though the lead-in announcer says “those reports are now being investigated,” that is not completely true. All the reports of abuse are not being investigated. For example, I am not aware of any investigations going on at SIM right now, but I know of many reports of abuse that occurred at SIM boarding schools.
In fact, it saddens me that SIM is not included in the stories of abuse investigations, and not included in the list of resources that are offered at the bottom of the story on the CBN web site. I think this is because there is no “official documentaton” of abuse at SIM schools, because whatever investigations have been conducted are being successfully kept confidential.
Way to go, SIM! You have managed to keep yourself off the radar for this particular news story.
Because SIM was not mentioned in this story, should we assume there was no abuse at SIM boarding schools? No, because I personally know of many MKs who were abused at SIM boarding schools. I know of investigations that were started and then thrown on the findings inconclusive pile because the victim could not jump through all the impossible hoops that were presented. I know SIM asks for a confidentiality agreement so that no one knows about the perpetrator, the abuse, the consequences, or that an investigation even took place.
The secrecy and refusal of SIM to acknowledge what went on in their schools is creating life long consequences for the victims, and also allowing the perpetrators to continue on with no accountability for what they have done, possibly racking up more and more victims over the years.