A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

“A Cry For Justice” — a book review by Ps Shane Lems

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.


Why The Church Covers Up Abuse is Ps Shane Lems’ review of the book A Cry For Justice.

I know I said we wouldn’t be publishing a post this Sunday because I mistakenly published one yesterday. . . but this is a little bonus. I hope some of our readers comment at Shane’s post, as I think he would find it encouraging. 🙂


  1. Seeing Clearly

    A question: The perpetrator has remained in the local church for [over four decades]. The victim recalled the severe sexual abuse that happened as a child, in her [third decade]. The abuse occurred on private property. A few church members were informed at that time, when the memories surfaced. The church allowed him to carry on his normal ministries until he wanted to run for an Elder board position later in life. Two men went quietly to him and suggested he withdraw his name because a lady has identified him as a perpetrator. As the victim, I assume that the church doesn’t truly believe my accusations, but kindly allow me to believe my story. Once again, the victim is suspect.

    So I wonder: Which category of reasons for churches not dealing with abuse, would this scenario would fit under?

    • Seeing Clearly

      This is a genuine question, as I have wondered about it for all of these years. And hope to come to a useful understanding. I have not yet read the book, but have ordered it with Amazon. Thank you for your ministry and compassion that lead you to writing this post.

  2. Brenda R

    Thanks Barb. Another Pastor that can be added to the list of those that “get it”. In search of one in my area, Lord please point him out!!

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