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Antigay pastor admits to raping teen girl, receives standing ovation from his congregation

Antigay pastor admits to raping teen girl, receives standing ovation from his congregation
By Graham Gremore
https://www.queerty.com/antigay-pastor-admits-raping-teen-girl-gets-standing-ovation-congregation-20180111

A megachurch pastor in Tennessee who believes in conversion therapy and preaches that homosexuality as a sin just admitted to a forced “sexual incident” with a 17-year-old girl… and the crowd went wild.

42-year-old Andy Savage preaches at Highpoint Church in Memphis. Last Friday, a woman named Jules Woodson came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

Address for Highpoint Church is 6000 Briarcrest Ave, Memphis, TN 38120 Phone number is 901-762-0071

The alleged incident happened back in 1998 when Woodson was in high school and Savage was working at a Baptist church in Houston. One evening after church, he offered her a ride home.

“As he was driving me towards my home, he passed the turn he should have made to go to my house,” she writes in a blog post. “I asked him where he was going. I don’t remember his exact response [but it was] something along the lines of ‘you’ll see,’ or ‘it’s a surprise.’”

Savage turned down a dirt road. At a dead end, he parked the truck and turned off the headlights.

She continues:

Andy unzipped his jeans and pulled out his penis. He asked me to suck it. I was scared and embarrassed, but I did it. I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me. He then asked me to unbutton my shirt. I did. He started touching me over my bra and then lifted my bra up and began touching my breasts.

After the assault, Savage told her not to tell anyone about it. Woodson says she became consumed with “fear, shame, anger and hurt.” When she approached church leaders, they told her to not to say anything and that it would be handled internally

Nothing was ever done.

After the blog post went viral, Savage took a moment to address the allegations with his congregation last Sunday.

“Until now, I did not know there was unfinished business with Jules,” he said during the service. “Jules, I am deeply sorry for my actions 20 years ago. I remain committed to cooperate with you toward forgiveness and healing.”

His remarks were met with a standing ovation from churchgoers, followed by a prayer led by another pastor.

Savage followed the remarks up with a formal written statement published on the church’s website. In it, he admitted to what he called a “sexual incident” with Woodson and insisted he had already taken “full responsibility” for his predatory actions.

“I was and remain very remorseful for the incident and deeply regret the pain I caused her and her family,” he declared, “as well as the pain I caused the church and God’s Kingdom.”

He went on to say that even though he kinda sorta raped a teenage girl one time, he’s never done it again since then, nor does he ever plan to again. So everything’s cool, right? Right?!

“There has never been another situation remotely similar in my life before or after that occurrence,” he said.

In addition to being pro-conversion therapy and anti-all-things-gay, Savage appears in a video series called “Sex Nation” that bashes homosexuality, pornography, divorce, and “sexual atheism.” He’s also been a vocal critic of other guys accused of sexual misconduct:

Woodson filed a report against Savage with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last week. Unfortunately, because of the the statute of limitations, authorities say they are limited as to what they can do; however, Capt. Dan Zientek of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says  “some possible options” may be available.

In the meantime, Highpoint Church says it stands by Savage and has no plans on removing him from his post.

ABUSE OF FAITH Videos

Videos

By Jon Shapley and Marie D. De Jesus
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/investigations/abuse-of-faith/multimedia/

Survivors’ Stories

Survivors hope their stories can help other survivors of sexual abuse as the Southern Baptist Convention struggles to weed out predators in its 47,000 churches in the United States.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO VISIT THE SITE AND WATCH THE VIDEOS OF THESE SURVIVORS.

They include the following videos:

‘I didn’t want that’

Dillon Price was routinely molested by the pastor of his church in Fort Worth, Texas. He remained silent about the abuse for years, and at one point became suicidal. He recently decided to speak out to help other victims.

‘I was so terrified, but I was also trusting’

This Texas woman says she was only 12 when her pastor’s son invited her in for a Coke and then raped her.

‘Accountability is finally taking place.’

Former Southern Baptist Pastor Doug Myers was sent to prison after he sexually abused boys in Florida and Maryland. One survivor asks why the Southern Baptist Convention didn’t do more to stop him.

‘Why didn’t I matter?’

Jules Woodson was sexually abused by the youth pastor of her church near Houston in 1998. Her abuser, Andy Savage, later moved to Tennessee, where he worked as a pastor until Woodson came forward and he was forced to admit to abusing her. She wonders why the Southern Baptist Convention hasn’t been more proactive about helping victims or removing church leaders who turned a blind eye to abuses.

Missionaries

A Houston Chronicle investigation found a trail of abuse by Southern Baptist missionaries stretching back for decades. Mission board officials kept the allegations internal.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-churches-hired-ministers-accused-13588233.php

‘I have never forgotten’

Anne Marie Miller told the International Mission Board in 2007 that one of their top missionaries allegedly abused her. The board did not notify police.

Youth Pastors

Their most common targets were teenage girls and boys, though smaller children also were molested, sometimes in pastors’ studies and Sunday school rooms.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/All-too-often-Southern-Baptist-youth-pastors-13588292.php

‘I stopped believing in God’

Nicole and police investigators say Houston youth pastor Chad Foster used his position to take advantage of members of his youth groups.

‘Stalking his prey’

Bryan police detective Travis Hines describes his pursuit of Joe David Barron. Barron, now out of prison, says he wants to be judged on he has responded to his mistake.

Travelers

At least 35 Southern Baptist ministers and volunteers were accused of sexual misconduct but that didn’t stop them from working at churches.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-churches-hired-ministers-accused-13588233.php

‘The devil inside him’

Medina County investigator Wayne Springer says sexual abusers groom not just their victims, but those around them.

‘I can tell him’

Medina County investigator Wayne Springer says sexual assault cases involving church officials can be tricky.

‘I’m no longer your victim’

Scott Holden, a prosecutor in Anderson County, describes the strength it takes for victims to confront their abusers in court.

Abuse of Faith

In the past 20 years, about 400 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found. They were pastors. Deacons. Ministers. Youth pastors. Sunday school and Christian school teachers. Church program volunteers. They left behind more than 700 victims.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-sexual-abuse-spreads-as-leaders-13588038.php

‘The destruction of innocence’

Prosecutors, convicted pastors discuss sexual assault.

‘I need to talk to you, Mom’

Gwen Casados, mother of Heather Schneider, says her daughter’s life was ruined by a pageant coordinator at Houston’s Second Baptist Church.

‘The voice of God’

Houston psychiatrist Harvey Rosenstock explains the devastation of a child being abused by a religious leader.