798. Calvary Gospel Church
Calvary Gospel Church in Madison, Wisconsin has been the center of some media attention lately. So far the local police has not been so keen to look into the claims of now-adult women who claim that they were lured into sexual relationship with older men from the church.
In many religious communities the enclosed nature of community make it difficult to come forward to get protection and justice. Especially if some of the church members also have close ties with the local police. And until recently it has been the norm for many religious communities to deal with such problems internally rather than contacting the authorities to allow them to investigate whether some criminal activities have taken place.
All this secrecy needs to stop. The authorities should always be informed and if the local authorities have too close ties with the church, then the investigation must move to state level or even federal level when needed.
It cannot have been fun to be a teenage girl in this church if the allegations are true.