Christian Parents Blaming Sex Assault Victims, Defending Their Unrepentant Children: College Pastor | 10/23/2018 | Staff
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(Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)People participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 12, 2017.

Christian parents sometimes not only attempt to justify the sexual assault carried out by their children, but also blame the victim, a college pastor and Presbyterian minister has said.

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Moses Y. Lee, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and director of campus ministry OneU DC, who is studying at Westminster Theological Seminary, shared of such experiences in an article for The Gospel Coalition on Monday:

"During my past six years serving as a college pastor, some of my most disturbing conversations have been with unrepentant sexual assault perpetrators and their defensive Christian parents. In their attempts to justify their actions, too often I would hear from the perpetrators (and their parents), 'Have you seen her Instagram account? Do you know what she's like at parties? But she made the first move. Well, she asked for it. She has a history.' And so on," Lee wrote.

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"With more than 20 percent of female undergraduate students experiencing some form of sexual assault or misconduct, these tendencies to blame the victim have led some to demand action or even walk away from the faith. But does Scripture remain silent to the injustice of victim-blaming? Does God remain silent to the cries of victims for redemption from their shame?" he positioned.

Lee pointed to the definition of victim-blaming as offered by Harvard Law School, which in part states it is based on the assumption that "an individual did something to provoke the violence by actions, words, or dress."

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The pastor noted that when it comes to concerns of false reporting, only two to 10 percent of rape allegations turn out to be false.

"Hence, ministry leaders — especially those serving college students —...
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