A student may not graduate from college this spring because of his refusal to be silent about child sex abuse and cover up case in New Hampshire. He is Chris Peterman, and the case involves Chuck Phelps and Bob Jones University in SC.
It is unconscionable that a student could be denied his chance at graduation speaking out about a possible sexual-abuse cover-up, but unfortunately, witnesses and whistleblowers are often the targets of smear campaigns when they attempt to report what they may have seen.
We commend Chris Peterman for his bravery in searching for the truth regarding Chuck Phelps and his alleged impropriety. Peterman was suspended from Bob Jones University in South Carolina for questioning the reappointment of Phelps to the Board of Trustees. While a pastor at a Concord, NH Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, Phelps forced a teenage rape victim to apologize in public for her “sin” of pregnancy, and allegedly covered-up evidence of rape.
We urge anyone who may also have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Phelps to immediately make a report to police. The example set by Peterman ought to be followed, and we hope his courage will inspire others who may have been suffering in silence.