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This is extraordinary. God bless the women and men who have come forward.
The continued wave of revelations of sexual abuse, and assault and harassment from women and men all over the country is close to miraculous. Despite the turmoil that we are experiencing, there is a real march for change.
Right now, as you read this, the lawyers representing Jesus People USA and the Evangelical Covenant Church of America are holding depositions with many of the people interviewed in No Place To Call Home. What is fully expected is that the silence of the victims will be purchased with whatever monetary settlement is reached.
Make no mistake about it, this is a transaction that’s out to purchase silence. It cannot happen. No more will people sit back and stay quiet. There are more stories of child sexual abuse that we are aware of, that hasn’t been shared.
I’m sharing this, not just because it’s in the news, but because it demonstrates why people are so terrified to go public with their allegations of sexual abuse.
There are machines and lawyers who are paid by churches, communes, and studios to smear the name of anyone who threatens their livelihoods. You see it over and over.
It has come to our attention that a lifelong sitting member of the Jesus People USA leadership team has been allegedly accused of child molestation. We hope that the proper authorities are involved and the accusations are being taken seriously. We are also aware that the leader in question has now left Jpusa and and the state entirely.
This was recently published through Chicago News. Chicago News is a Russian and English language outlet.
I didn't have any idea about this piece until I was contacted by the writer for an interview, of which I gave him. There are some blatant inaccuracies in the piece, general misattributions to certain events and those who are involved. In general, the info is mostly accurate. If nothing else, it's great that pressure is still being applied to Jpusa.
This continues to be a frightening trend among organizations that profess to be Christian.
I wanted to take some time to honor a friend. I knew him as John. Later in his life, he was known as Johnny. John ended his life, much to the heartbreak of all who knew and loved him.
I grew up with John at JPUSA. He was the first legitimate punk I knew. The same age as my older brother, John paved the way for many of us. John has been a part of the ongoing negotiations and legal issues, as it relates to sexual abuse at Jesus People USA. He and so many others await, endlessly..., for a piece of what might be closure.
The fight for John will continue. I honor you, John. Those who continue your legacy and keep you in our hearts and minds will also honor you. You changed the world to all you knew.
Your mother is a gift. Blessed is she among women.
You live on.
Silence is a killer. Silencing people to preserve your way of life is even worse. We would recommend a show called The Keepers on Netflix. It deals with some elements that No Place To Call Home centers around.
The big take away is what silencing victims of sexual abuse can do, and the damage it causes.
Jesus People USA has successfully silenced everyone surrounding the events spoken about in the film, with the exception of its director, who refused.
The documentary I was a part of, 'Off The Record: Justice Denied to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse' has been selected as an entry into the Ninth Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago.
In the documentary I was interviewed at length about the legal dealings I experienced surrounding my case (now dropped) against Jesus People USA.
I'm going to link a trailer to the film when I can....
Congratulations Tami, Sherri and Jaime!
On behalf of the Review Committee of the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF), I am pleased to announce that both "...Off the Record: Justice Denied to Child Sex Abuse Survivors" has been chosen as an Official Selection of the 2017 - Ninth Annual Peace On Earth Film Festival, scheduled for the long weekend of Friday March 10 - Sunday, March 12, at the Music Box Theater (the premiere venue in Chicago for the latest in foreign and independent films).
We have yet to set the actual schedule of your films screening, we will let you know as soon as the schedule in set.
Your film is one of the 32 entries selected from a field of 125 submissions. We look forward to the possibility of your attendance, as we will be having a Filmmakers and Peacemakers Panel discussions, an Opening Night Festivities on Friday evening, and the Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening where all attendant filmmakers are honored and category winners receive accolades and a monetary award.
Our deepest regard for you, your crew, pre and post-production team, everyone involved in the creation of your work of art: we hold you all in high esteem. Most importantly the 2017 Peace on Earth Film Festival Review Committee thanks you for your steadfast dedication to peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world, through the art of filmmaking.