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Have You Or Your Child Suffered Sexual Abuse At A Seventh-Day Adventist School? Assistance And Resources May Be Available For Survivors And Families.

Have You Or Your Child Suffered Sexual Abuse At A Seventh-Day Adventist School? Assistance And Resources May Be Available For Survivors And Families.

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After years of scandal and allegations of juvenile mistreatment, the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center (AJATC), a 100-bed juvenile lockup facility near Alexander, was handed over to an independent contractor promising a fresh start last summer. 

However, several families with children locked up at the facility said AJATC continues to take an overly punitive approach. This is what she described as “a culture of casual violence.”

Lafont recently acquired video of an incident captured by facility cameras. In this incident, a guard jumped over a table, grabbed a 15-year-old, and pushed him against the wall with his hand around his throat. The child did not appear in the video to be acting in a way that could be construed as endangering himself or others. The guard, Darrell Woods, whose official job title was group living counselor, was fired. The Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division (CADC) investigated the incident and determined that Woods’ actions constituted child maltreatment and that Woods’ should be placed on the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

AJATC is one of seven juvenile lockup facilities, known as treatment centers, overseen by DYS. Before Rite of Passage took control last year, AJATC had a long trouble history. In 2003, the facility was placed under federal court supervision after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation revealed various violations of constitutional rights. These violations included unsafe conditions, inadequate education, and forced religious activities. In 2007, under court supervision, an internal state investigation found that lockup staffers improperly drugged children without their consent to control their behavior.

The number of violent incidents at the facility nearly doubled after being released from federal supervision. Multiple staffers were fired or resigned after accusations of assaulting youths. An investigation by the Disability Rights Center of Arkansas also found systemic problems at the facility. This included accusations that staff members used candy to bribe youths to fight each other.

We believe all victims of Arkansas juvenile hall sex abuse should request a free, private review of their cases with the potential for compensation.

  • You must have experienced sexual abuse at a Seventh Day Adventist School by a staff member or employee
  • You must have experienced the abuse while under the age of 18

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church Is Alleged To Have Knowingly Appointed Convicted Pedophiles To Oversee Seventh-Day Adventist Groups

Entities responsible for the well-being and education of children are obligated to safeguard the young individuals in their care.

If your child has experienced abuse within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, you and your family might have the opportunity to receive resources and assistance.

In the realm of educational institutions, each Seventh-day Adventist school, academy, and boarding school is mandated to take every possible measure to shield children from abuse.

This same legal standard applies to Church congregations, where the significant responsibility lies with Pastors, Deacons, and employees to foster children's spiritual growth and ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

According to its website, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has more than 18 million members worldwide.

In the past two decades, at least 525 people have lodged claims alleging child sexual abuse in the church, according to a report last year from its risk management organization.

Two individuals who claim to have been subjected to molestation in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon are seeking assistance and resources to aid in their recovery.

It is alleged that the church knowingly appointed a convicted pedophile, Leslie Bovee, to oversee a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972.

Despite being aware of Bovee's prior conviction for molesting three boys, there are accusations that church officials failed to remove him from the position in response to allegations of abuse.

What Happened at Miracle Meadows?

Another example is the now-defunct Miracle Meadows boarding school in rural West Virginia, with students claiming that they were beaten, raped, starved, held in solitary confinement, and denied food and medical care.

Allegations are that hundreds of students were subjected to “horrifying and unspeakable forms of sexual, physical, and psychological mistreatment” at the boarding school in the Appalachian community of Salem.

A Long History Of Sexual Abuse At Glendale Adventist Academy

The Southern California Conference and Glendale Adventist Academy are also alleged to have intentionally neglected and concealed sexual abuse incidents involving students.

The allegations outline that:

  • Two teachers from Glendale Academy have been convicted of child sexual abuse over the past nine years, some of which occurred on campus;
  • In 2005-2006, an adult male teacher sexually harassed multiple minor female students and
  • In 1997-1998, another male teacher engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor student.

Brett Mohr, a convicted child molester and former Glendale Adventist Academy teacher, is currently serving a 30-year sentence in state prison.

Mohr was convicted in December 2021 on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

We believe all victims who have experienced sexual abuse at a Seventh Day Adventist School by a staff member or employee should receive resources and assistance to support them and their families in the process of recovery.

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