Bob Jones U. Criticized on Response to Sex Assaults

December 12, 2014

An outside report commissioned by Bob Jones University has found that, for many years, the institution suggested to those reporting sexual assault that they were responsible for what had happened, and that they were encouraged not to report the incidents, The New York Times reported. A survey of current and former students also found that a majority believes that the university had a pattern of "blaming and disparaging" those who filed complaints. The university's president, Steve Pettit, issued a statement of apology. “I would like to sincerely and humbly apologize to those who felt they did not receive from us genuine love, compassion, understanding and support after suffering sexual abuse or assault," Pettit said. "To them I would say — we have carefully listened to your voice. We take your testimony in this report to our hearts. We intend to thoroughly review every aspect and concern outlined in the investigation and respond appropriately.”

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