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Breaking news: Bishop Charles Brown sexual abuse survivors speak out publicly

September 19, 2012 5 comments

New ground has been broken in favor of COGIC clergy sexual abuse survivors. The three victims of Bishop Charles Brown are telling their story publicly for the first time. Brown, who currently sits as pastor of the Williams Temple COGIC in Houston escaped prison earlier this year on a legal technicality.

Four days after that ruling,  the denomination’s General Board immediately reinstated Blake’s longtime friend to office. The previous suspension was lifted “without further comment”.  This left the impression that Brown was not guilty.  But Brown was never exonerated of his sexual crimes against the three young girls, thus he should have never been reinstated.   Report COGIC Abuse also published an exclusive report exposing the General Board who secretly paid off the victims.

But now, those women are speaking out in an exclusive interview with Dunamis Word blog which has helped to document the coverup and complicity by the Blake administration.

The time has come to hold Bishop Charles Blake, Sr. accountable for his role in these matters. According to one of the victims only one other person knew them as well as Brown knew them.

[…]one of the survivors states that until the interviews, which can be heard above, only ONE other person in the church has ever made contact with any of them. That was the Bishop Charles E. Blake, who spoke to one of the victims, as he knew them very well for a number of years. Unfortunately, that conversation was over some 15 years ago before Bishop Blake became Presiding Bishop.”

Report COGIC Abuse calls on faithful bishops in the church to immediately remove Bishop Charles Brown from office and launch a full and independent investigation as to Bishop Blake’s personal knowledge of these crimes. There is nothing more important than the truth.

Read the story and listen to the audio interviews here.

Law firm seeking additional victims of Dr. Donald Barrett

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The San Diego based law firm representing one of the victims who filed suit against Dr. Donald K. Barrett believes there are more victims who have not yet come forward.

The firm is seeking to have individuals who have been harmed by Dr. Barrett contact them.  Barrett started his religious career in Chicago, Illinois. He left from pastoring a COGIC in Harvey, IL in 2003,  then moved to San Diego.  He then moved to Arizona and eventually to the Atlanta area.  Lawyers believe he may have left a string of victims in the wake of his moves.

Both Barrett and his wife Ruth claim to hold doctorates in theology and law respectively, but do not list the schools which awarded the degrees. Ruth Barrett’s bio says she was a “staff attorney” for the Church of God in Christ national legal department under Enoch Perry.

If you or someone you know has been harmed sexually or financially by Dr. Donald K. Barrett, you can confidentially submit your contact information to cogicabuse@gmail.com and it will be forwarded to the law firm.

RCA will provide more specific details of the lawsuit this week.

No more rumors, no more lies

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The time has come to put an end to rumors and lies. And you can count on Report COGIC Abuse to help bring an end to it. You can depend on us to report and document the truth without respect of persons. You can depend on us to cry aloud and spare not because an enemy is silently among us and the sheep are in grave danger.

Rumors and lies are part of the enemy’s tactical assault to keep the church in a state of confusion and superficial religion, not to mention superficial relationships.

Open offenses are deep among us, but instead of confronting in love and in the power of the Spirit, many spread seeds of the rumor and lies.

Many people have been led to believe that concealing the sins of leaders is “covering” them. This may be the case in some instances, but it is detrimental to the health and well being of the church and the leader if those sins remain unresolved.

Even the world exposes those who’s corrupt actions endanger others and threaten the common good.  The most significant problem is misinformation. When information is verifiable and true, then those who are in danger should be kept aware and alert so that they may protect themselves and what God has entrusted to them.

Leaders who have unresolved and unrepentant sexual sins –not to mention crimes— in their lives are a threat the the spiritual health of the church. Those who travel frequently because they have a “gift” to speak carry the most risk because their corrupt spirits are influencing others into sin. Rumor and lies inhibit the truth from rising to the surface so that the threat is contained or stopped.

Join with Report COGIC Abuse to help end the rumors and lies. God is not pleased and while we can continue to have “good church” we stand to risk the departure of the Spirit of God thereby leaving us branded with the name ICHABOD.

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Report COGIC Abuse joins in clergy sexual abuse awareness day

July 29, 2011 Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

Report COGIC Abuse joins in the effort to continue raising awareness and education about clergy sexual abuse and the inaction of church leadership to warn and protect its vunerable members.

Enough is Enough! Not another child should be given into the hands of a church rapist!

No matter what the denominational name the same corporate denials and cover ups for abusers continue without internal challenges. For all its is proclamations of being the “greatest church in the world” tragically, the Church of God in Christ, the nation’s largest black pentecostal denomination is no better at dealing with its growing contingent of rapists, molestors and abusers in positions of authority. We have documented it many times.

That’s why we are joining with Hope of Survivors in declaring August 1 as Clergy Abuse Awareness and Prevention Day.

The Hope of Survivors has designated August 1 as Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention Day, with activities planned throughout the month of August. Clergy sexual abuse is a prevalent problem in every denomination around the globe. “It’s time to raise awareness to a greater level,” says Samantha Nelson, Vice President & CEO. “The Hope of Survivors works with victims from around the world, and the story is basically the same: no one, unless they’ve been affected by it themselves or know someone who has, really understands clergy sexual abuse.”

One of The Hope of Survivors’ primary goals, beyond providing support to victims of sexual abuse by anyone in the role of spiritual authority, is raising awareness of the issue and educating clergy, church members and the public at large. Samantha continues, “Until more people understand that a sexual relationship between a pastor and a member of his congregation is not an “affair”—that it is abuse—there will be more victims and more secondary trauma to victims via misinformed church members, media, etc. It’s time for the church, as well as the public, to closely examine these types of relationships, which are not only imbalanced in nature, but also non-consensual.”

Get involved. Get educated. Be proactive. The next victim could be your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report COGIC Abuse launches new blog

March 4, 2011 2 comments

COGIC Abuse Watch blog is an outreach and information project of Report COGIC Abuse.com which is intended to give victims of sexual, land-property and financial abuses in Church of God in Christ Inc (COGIC) churches a venue to report, question and dialogue on issues affecting them.

Due to an increasing demand to address and document different forms of abuse, mismanagement and doctrinal error as well as the systematic denial of victims’ voices by church leadership, it became necessary for Report COGIC Abuse to offer a real time forum. Our ongoing efforts is to help bring visibility and accountability to a serious problem in the nation’s largest black pentecostal denomination.

Commenting on this site will be only through registration. Such registration is to produce accountability, mature information seeding and a safe  community atmosphere for victims, their families and advocate supporters.