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There have been some inaccuracies in news stories around the internet and I want to set them straight. This post will be updated if I see more inaccuracies:
- I am not single. I am married and have been married to the same man since 1985. We are still married and living under the same roof, all of our children are ours, no prior husbands, no step-children or children outside our marriage.
- As soon as we left BGBC, we did spent a couple months looking for a new church before settling in a new church. We loved that new church, but had to leave due to a job change. Since moving to our new location, we have attended the same church for nearly a year. At no point have we not gone to church as has been reported.
- The ACLU has not taken my case, although they have commented on the case in various reports. My attorney is Linda Williams.
- I never reported to anyone that Chuck O’Neal was a sexual abuser. I do not believe that to be an accurate statement and haven’t had any reason to question that he might be a sexual abuser. Any reports you may have read that say otherwise are simply not true.
- I never stated that elders or elders wives looked through the closets of women from church to approve their clothing. That statement was most likely lifted from the comments section of my blog and was incorrectly attributed to me. I had never heard of that “practice” before reading the comment. Perhaps that was done before my time, I don’t know. But I was not aware of that happening during our time there.
- This part of the MSNBC article is incorrect: “Court filings state that another defendant, Meaghan Varela, allegedly made accusations of child abuse against the pastor, which led to a December 2008 visit from the Oregon Department of Human Services. The social worker informed O’Neal’s daughter that someone also reported that pornography was being distributed to children at church. “The allegations of child abuse filed by Meaghan Varela were extremely painful to my family,” O’Neal’s daughter said in a statement.”
Julie Anne’s comment: This is ridiculous. DHS never discloses who files reports and they certainly do not report what was said. This is pure speculation on the part of O’Neal’s daughter. This same speculation was reported by Chuck O’Neal in his press release here: “Just after the release of the before mentioned staff member, in Dec. of 2008, a member of this group called the police and the DHS to deliver a false report accusing Pastor O’Neal of physically abusing his own children and allowing pornography to be distributed to adolescents in the church.”. It is impossible for him to verify this with DHS (as they will not release it to him). I find it irresponsible for MSNBC to report such information as surely they know that DHS holds in strict confidence the identity of anyone who reports a suspected abuse situation.
- The MSNBC article mentioned only one child who was sexually abused. Chuck O’Neal’s own court declaration mentioned more than one child when he used the word “siblings” twice. Additionally, the sex offender’s mother also used the word “siblings” to identify the sexual abuse victims. There was clearly more than one child abused. Who is minimizing this story to the press? Also, the MSNBC article stated “inappropriate touch” by the sexual offender. This is also not true. He was charged with rape and other counts of sexual misconduct. Why is this crime being minimized to the media when court records show otherwise?
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