Salvation Army chief unprepared for the ‘full horror’ of sex abuse revelations

Salvation Army chief unprepared for the ‘full horror’ of sex abuse revelations

Standard disclaimer: Being married and a parent, or saying you are a Christian, does not automatically make you more godly, ethical, or loving than anyone else.
And single Christian ladies who’d like to get married: time to give up on the “be equally yoked” teaching, since so many Christian men are rapists and perverts.

First, some background from Wikipedia:

    Salvation Army is a Christian denominational church and international charitable organization structured in a quasi-military fashion.
    The organization reports worldwide membership of over 1.5 million, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists.

    Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their “physical and spiritual needs”.

    It has a presence in 126 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries.

(Link): Salvation Army chief unprepared for the ‘full horror’ of sex abuse revelations

    Andre Cox tells commission he was disturbed ‘to the very depths of his being’ by news of abuse in Australia

    Australian Associated Press
    theguardian.com, Monday 10 February 2014 22.39 EST

    …The world leader of the Salvation Army said he was not prepared for the horror of what was emerging about its children’s homes in Australia.

    In a letter read at a hearing of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney, Andre Cox said he was disturbed “to the very depths of his being” by what he was reading about in Australia.

    … In the 1970s, McIver served at Bexley Home for Boys in Sydney and the Alkira Home for Boys at Indooroopilly in Queensland and evidence was given of alleged physical and sexual assaults by him. He was suspended from the army on 30 January.

    Condon said he suspended him primarily because he had heard survivors tell stories of abuse and had been contacted on Facebook by another victim.

    He paused during his evidence because of his distress: “I have been impacted greatly … I have felt [the survivors’] pain and that is the reason I took the decision to suspend … McIver.”

    He outlined regulations in place at the time that included there should be as few punishments for abusers as possible.

    “A collision of failures rather than the conspiracy of cover-ups is the Salvation Army’s record of this shameful chapter of our history,” he said.

    In a statement, he read: “Once again I want to express our unreserved apology to all who were harmed in any way at all. We are so sorry for every instance when children were sexually abused by our personnel, or while in our care.”

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