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Two sides to the story: Matt Chandler receives criticism for handling of sexual abuse.

Matt Chandler. Photo from YouTube

Monday, the New York Times ran an article titled “Her evangelical megachurch was her world. Then her daughter said she was molested by a minister.”

The story talks about the Village Church, a megachurch in Dallas, Texas and the home church of Matt Chandler, one of the most popular and dynamic pastors in the contemporary Evangelical movement.

The story chronicles a former church member named Christi Bragg whose daughter was sexually assaulted at a church sponsored retreat in 2012. The New York Times piece gives accounts of how the Village Church responded to the allegations.

The article gives the impression that the church did very little to help the family and glossed over a crime while only carrying about protecting their own interests as a church.

Rape investigation botched: more evidence that little was done to investigate Jameis Winston

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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university and the city police department did very little to get to the bottom of this case when the allegations were originally made.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: