For immediate release: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A Texas pastor has been accused of grooming and sexually assaulting a young woman. We are grateful to this young woman for having the courage to speak up and press charges.
Doug Phillips is a popular pastor and leading activist for “biblical patriarchy”. His attorneys refer to the abuse as a “consensual relationship”, but that is a dangerous and manipulative discourse that obscures the true nature of what happened. There can be no true consent when the authority between the individuals is so great.
We hope that Vision Forum Ministries and Boerne Christian Assembly officials will aggressively reach out to anyone else who may have been hurt by Phillips. We also urge them to review their sexual abuse policies and implement more effective measure to ensure no one, child or adult, becomes a victim of sexual assault.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)