Sat 26 Aug 2017
By Tola Mbakwe
The grandson of famous US evangelist Billy Graham has been vocal about the horror of child abuse in the Church.
Boz Tchividjian is the head of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which investigates sexual abuse in Christian organisations.
In a recent interview with Vice.com he said it’s his life’s focus to expose sex abuse in the Church because churches usually protect the abuser at the expense of the victim.
He became more passionate about the issue when he started practicing law and served as chief prosecutor in the Sexual Crimes Division.
“There was no greater defender of children than Jesus,” he said.
Tchividjian suggested that child abuse scandals are worse in the Protestant churches than the Catholic Church.
He said that data gathered from top insurers of Protestant churches a few years ago showed that there were 260 reports a year of child sex abuse by church leaders or members of the congregation. Other data for the Catholic Church reported 228 incidents.
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