Mennonite Church USA sexual abuse panel withdraws from investigation

VIRGINIA
Mennonite World Review

Tim Huber | August 10, 2016

Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention has terminated its participation in the process to select an independent organization to look into institutional responses to allegations of abuse by Luke Hartman, former vice president of enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.

The panel released a statement Aug. 8 criticizing EMU for requiring confidentiality in the selection process. Panel chair Anna Groff was limited from sharing certain information with the panel and Lauren Shifflett, who brought the complaints against Hartman.

“The process undertaken, and in which we participated to this point, has focused too much on the needs of the institutions involved, and too little on the needs of the victim,” said the panel. “Keeping information from Lauren and excluding her from the process has created more mistrust and has betrayed the church’s commitment to victim-centered responses to sexual abuse.”

“Mennonite Church USA sexual abuse panel withdraws from investigation”

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