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Sexual Misconduct: Newspapers & Magazines

This research guide provides resources on sexual misconduct with a focus on behavior perpetrated by faculty and clergy. Some resources are available through PLNU's Ryan Library and require a username and password from a current student, s


Cain Miller, C. (2017). Sexual harassment training doesn’t work. But some things do. The New York Times. Retrieved from

  • “Bystanders are unlikely to be present when the most egregious offenses happen, but harassers often test how far they can go by starting with inappropriate comments or touches, said Robert Eckstein, the lead trainer at the research group. A good workplace culture stops them before the offenses get worse.”


Christoffersen, L. (2015). Blaming the victim. Sojourners Magazine, 44, 30-33. Retrieved from


Danilova, M. (2017). #MeToo crusade confronts world of academia, research. Toronto Star. Retrieved from


Dean, J. (2013). The high cost of negligence. World Magazine. Retrieved from  


Denhollander, R. Read Rachael Denhollander's full victim impact statement about Larry Nassar. Retrieved from

  • “My advocacy for sexual assault victims, something I cherished, cost me my church and our closest friends three weeks before I filed my police report. I was left alone and isolated. And far worse, it was impacted because when I came out, my sexual assault was wielded like a weapon against me.”
  • “This is what it looks like when someone chooses to put their selfish desires above the safety and love for those around them and let it be a warning to us all and moving forward as a society, This is what it looks like when the adults in authority do not respond properly to disclosures of sexual assault. This is what it looks like when institutions create a culture where a predator can flourish unafraid and unabated and this is what it looks like when people in authority refuse to listen, put friendships in front of the truth, fail to create or enforce proper policy and fail to hold enablers accountable.”


Easter, A. (2017). How patriarchy in the church plays a role in abuse. Relevant Magazine. Retrieved from


Everhart, R. (2017). A pastor’s #MeToo story: when the church silences women and protects abusers. Christian Century, 134(26), 22-25. Retrieved from


Gjelten, T. (2018). Amid #MeToo, evangelicals grapple with misconduct in their own churches. National Public Radio. Retrieved from


Goossen, R. W. (2015). The failure to bind and loose: Responses to Yoder's sexual abuse. The Mennonite. Retrieved from


Haag, M. (2018). Memphis pastor admits ‘sexual incident’ with high school student 20 years ago. The New York Times. Retrieved from


Huber, T. (2015). New sources give clearer view of abuse by theologian. Mennonite World Review. Retrieved from


Hung, E. (2017). 4 ways churches can respond to the #MeToo movement. Sojourners Magazine. Retrieved from


Krakauer, J. (2016). How much should a university have to reveal about a sexual-assault case? The New York Times. Retrieved from


Kuruvill, C. (2018). First woman to accuse Nassar says church can be one of ‘worst places’ to go for help. HuffPost. Retrieved from


Lee, M. (2018). My Larry Nassar testimony went viral. But there’s more to the Gospel than forgiveness. Christianity Today. Retrieved from

  • “Church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge abuse because the way it is counseled is, more often than not, damaging to the victim. There is an abhorrent lack of knowledge for the damage and devastation that sexual assault brings. It is with deep regret that I say the church is one of the worst places to go for help. That’s a hard thing to say, because I am a very conservative evangelical, but that is the truth. There are very, very few who have ever found true help in the church.”

MacKinnon, C. (2018). #MeToo has done what the law could not. The New York Times. Retrieved from

  • “Many survivors realistically judged reporting pointless. Complaints were routinely passed off with some version of “she wasn’t credible” or “she wanted it.” I kept track of this in cases of campus sexual abuse over decades; it typically took three to four women testifying that they had been violated by the same man in the same way to even begin to make a dent in his denial. That made a woman, for credibility purposes, one-fourth of a person.”

Memphis pastor in sex abuse scandal takes leave of absence as criticism mounts. (2018). CBN News: The Christian Perspective. Retrieved from


Mosbergen, D. (2018). Memphis megachurch stands by pastor accused of sexually assaulting teenager. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from


O’Malley, H. (2014). Men really need to stop calling women crazy. The Washington Post. Retrieved from


Oppenheimer, M. (2013). A theologian's influence, and stained past, live on. The New York Times. Retrieved from

  • On John Howard Yoder: “Can a bad person be a good theologian?”
  • “Mr. Yoder seemed very attentive to the notion that theology should align with behavior. It turns out that in unpublished papers, he formulated a bizarre justification of extramarital sexual contact.”

Preheim, R. (2015). Report reveals full history of theologian's abuse, institutions' response. Christian Century, 132(5), 13-14. Retrieved from

  • About John Howard Yoder’s abuse of women
  • “Yoder’s method of operation was to invite women to assist in the exploration of a new Christian ethic of sex.”
  • “Citing Jesus’ interactions with women, Yoder, who was married, said that ‘freedom of bodily affection and intimacy is not necessarily correlated with the satisfaction of genital drives.’ Thus people not married to each other could engage in sexual relations as an expression of Christian intimacy without it being considered erotic or an act of adultery.”


Pollock Michel, J. (2018). God’s message to #MeToo victims and perpetrators. Christianity Today. Retrieved from


Shellnutt, K. (2018). Sovereign Grace disputes Rachael Denhollander’s remarks. Christianity Today. Retrieved from

  • “As CT reported five years ago, the case against SGM claimed that the ministry had conspired to cover up abuse within its network. Back in 2014, Nathaniel Morales, a former youth leader at SGM’s flagship Covenant Life Church in Maryland, was convicted on five counts of sexual abuse against three underage male victims between 1983 and 1991.”


Traister, R. (2013). Your reckoning. And mine. As stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves. New York Magazine. Retrieved from


Traister, R. (2017). This moment isn’t (just) about sex. It’s really about work. New York Magazine. Retrieved from

  • “Women’s access to work and to power within their workplaces is curtailed, often via the very same mechanisms that promote, protect, and forgive men, the systems that give them double, triple chances to advance, and to abuse those around them, over and over again.”


Withrow, B. (2016). Pastor accused of covering up abuse returns to spotlight. The Daily Beast. Retrieved from