For those that didn't watch tonight's 20/20, check for it online tomorrow and take the time to watch it, but bring tissues!
The majority of the story was about a church/cult which routinely victimized and even supported both physical (which was actually encouraged) and sexual abuse of children and teens. While the girls were accused and punished, the men were generally not asked to do more than give an apology. The young girls were even told to "Forgive & Forget" and that "Christians don't press charges."
Brought up towards the end of the show it was mentioned that a number of these men have faced legal action, in spite of the church. And the pastor which was being interviewed said that yes, there were sex offenders in the congregation, but that he didn't inform parents or other members of their status - if they want to know they can go online and look it up.
Honestly, it's not something I've ever thought of. I don't' do church, but I've never thought to check for sex offenders in other local groups where I take my kids. Now, I think I will.
But if you knew one of your fellow church members was a sex offender, would you go? Have you ever checked? Do you think the church should have to inform you that they are there?
**Please note, this branch of Christianity is NOT mainstream. And from what I'm gathering even the branch itself is not very strongly banded together, so the actions of THIS congregation really shouldn't be held against the entire branch, but the exmembers that were interviewed referred to it as a cult, which is why I use the term. Not because I have any general belief about it, I simply don't know enough to form an opinion. Should anyone here be an IFB church member, I hope I did not offend!
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