You can read all our coverage of the GRACE report here.
You can read the full report of BJU’s failure to properly address abuse here, and via our copy/paste-ready shortlink: tiny.cc/GRACEREPORT.
BJU President Steve Pettit is appointing a committee to review the report over the next 90 days and he publicly apologized to those who “felt they did not receive from us genuine love, compassion, understanding, and support after suffering sexual abuse or assault.” But in a chapel service Monday, leaked to the website BJU News, he told students that the report wasn’t an accurate representation of the school today.
The piece also has quotes from several recent graduates angered by Pettit’s comments, which were intended only for BJU students and faculty but have provoked strong reactions from onlookers after a source sent them to us for publishing:
“Honestly, I’m just really saddened. It comes across like they haven’t even read the report, because the report very clearly states that this has happened recently.”
“I am a decade removed, from a chronological-time point, but from a pain point of view, that counseling still affects me today,” she said. “It was the first counseling I received. It was the only counseling I received for over seven years. For over seven years, all I thought was that I’d done something that caused my rape.”
Al-Jazeera also spoke to Boz Tchividjian, founder of GRACE and head of its BJU investigation, asking him about Pettit’s claim in our leaked audio that BJU is “very safe”:
In response to Pettit’s remarks, Boz Tchividjian, the founder of GRACE, said: “Our report speaks for itself relating to those issues.”
BJU’s PR team had no response when Al-Jazeera reached out for comment on the story, continuing their habit of ignoring developments on the GRACE story: