Child Abuse In Missions: An Activist Spotlight
Several adults are finding the courage to share their own experience with childhood abuse in order to help prevent the cycle from continuing in the future. As more reports of abuse pour in, the group PEAMM, People Exposing Abuse and Mending Mankind, is demanding an investigation be brought forth to uncover any possible abuse scandals involving the group, New Tribe Mission (NTM).
Some members of PEAMM, including the founder, Kyle, is one victim speaking out against abuse. His wife, Chele, was kind enough to share some information on the issue of abuse and why PEAMM is dedicated to the issue.
How did you find out about the alleged abuse?
Kyle was directly affected as he was a child of a missionary couple. A few years ago, a forum was created by former PNG (Papua New Guinea) MKs (missionary children) who wanted to unite for a reunion, and as they all spoke and opened up about memories, the abuse allegations slowly started coming out.
Recently, through Kyle creating PEAMM this year, we discovered the Fandas of the NTM Senegal Boarding School in Africa whose investigation you can find in the pages of the GRACE report. We have received many personal emails from fellow MKs who have suffered abuse of all natures.
How long has this been going on?
NTM was founded in 1942 and we actually read today from an MK that it has been going on for these past 68 years. This being the spiritual and emotional abuse.
As for the sexual, there are MKs whose parents missioned back in the 50s who have been abused but have yet to be investigated. It is another reason why we push to have NTM investigated. It has taken them well over a decade to ask GRACE for assistance investigating abuse allegations from the 80s. There should be no hesitation!
How is PEAMM helping?
We are always networking and making it very well-known we are about exposing abuse and supporting those affected. Not only do we have the petition demanding the investigation and justice be brought to NTM and MKs, we have our support group on FaceBook, we personally keep in touch with many members and organizations.
Some of the things we are looking forward to is joining the Hug Clinic for the World’s Biggest Hug on record, a benefit concert, the Ride for Freedom, and our most exciting is working with a lobbyist in Washington DC and in the works of getting political support for a bill we’d like to see passed.
Our main focus will always stay on support and education though. We believe by supporting another cause, group, or organization, asking their support in turn, we don’t become one voice for each topic but one united voice for all. There’s no reason to separate when there is strength in numbers.
How can others help?
It’s really easy. Be compassionate and act on it, but never don’t do anything or stay silent. Because abuse stabs at our souls and makes us feel so many negative emotions at once, no one wants to keep the topic out in the open. They want to forget. Please don’t I beg you. Read, learn, educate, support! And if you’re a really energetic person, I recommend volunteering anywhere.
Of course, there are also petitions you can sign and articles to share on MySpace and Facebook.
Although New Mission Tribe has addressed some of the accusations, they have yet to investigate the abuse scandals. Sign this petition if you feel NTM should help heal the hurt and investigate their child abuse cases.