An independent council released a report yesterday, regarding sexual misconduct allegations made against Bill Hybels, the founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a megachurch in suburban Chicago. Hybels stepped down last spring, a few weeks after the sexual misconduct allegations against him were made public.
The Houston Chronicle released the first of a three part series on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s a heartbreaking read to consider the damage that has been done to the lives of so many. It’s heartbreaking to consider the many other victims who never came forward or who were ignored.
I highly recommend the article, which I think should be a contender for the Pulitzer Prize.
Going back to football season, I had paid attention to the alleged sexual assault committed by Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston. Something always seemed off about the case.
Today, the New York Times has an investigative piece by Walt Bogdanich which explains the situation and the chain of events.
I realize that we are innocent until proven guilty. I’m not saying that I’m so certain that Winston is absolutely guilty. But this article confirms the gut feeling I had from everything else I’ve ever read about this alleged crime: That the university and the city police department did very little to get to the bottom of this case when the allegations were originally made.
Here are a few noteworthy pieces of information pertaining to the initial investigation: