Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Leader, (949) 322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org
When Carra Crouch came forward to her grandmother to say that she had been sexually abused, she needed help. Her grandmother Jan Crouch had a choice: she could report the abuse and protect her granddaughter, or she could see this child’s story as a threat to the institution, her multi-million-dollar religious empire, and her role as an iconic tele-evangelist. Jan Crouch decided to protect the institution and cause her granddaughter years of suffering to keep her quiet.
A former Orthodox bishop from Chicago, who voluntarily retired in April of 2013 after he was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a young woman parishioner, had his suspension lifted effective March 1, 2017.