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Posted: June 9, 2014

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June 18, 2014  1:58am

That such a blatant justification of rape as consensual adultery could be published and defended by a Christian leadership publication says everything about why the church has such a huge ongoing problem with a culture that facilitates abuse of the vulnerable within its 'family'.

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Barbara Brooks

June 17, 2014  10:30pm

Everybody needs to hear how predators think and how they minimize their guilt. I think this article should have had responses with it: from a victim, from law enforcement and from a counselor. It wasn't right to publish it alone: it gave the appearance of sympathy with the offender, but few can imagine the hutzpah of these people until they hear it for themselves.

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June 17, 2014  1:24pm

A few thoughts on your "leadership": 1. You state in your shockingly misguided "apology" that the number one reason churches are sued is due to sexual abuse. I guess I am not surprised at all given that even in your leadership magazines clearly many of the editors are rape apologists. 2. You speak of forgiveness and grace for the predator. Surely that's a beautiful thought, but you clearly prioritize that over protecting your children from rape. Perhaps it would be better to lock your door than to spend all of your time forgiving burglars? 3. As the adults and leaders in a community it is YOUR responsibility to protect your children from sexual predators because they CANNOT do it themselves.

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June 17, 2014  1:16pm

I cannot believe that a well known Christian resource could display such incredible lack of judgment. The people who published this and allowed it to be published should be ashamed of themselves. I will never be back to CT or LJ again.

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June 17, 2014  1:02pm

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