Young Life Ministries Accused of Ignoring or Covering Up Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

One of the nation’s largest youth ministries, Young Life has been accused of ignoring or covering up allegations of sexual misconduct. Becca Wong, a senior at University of Michigan and former Young Life campus leader, has shared her story publicly as one of the alleged victims. (Photo: Instagram / @MeTooYoungLife)

Young Life—one of the nation’s largest youth ministries, involving more than 400,000 youth and 55,000 staff and volunteers—is being accused of ignoring or covering up allegations of sexual misconduct.

Following a six-month investigation that included interviews with 35 people, including 10 alleged victims, last week Business Insider reported an extensive 7,300-word exposé. Their reporting found that, since 2000, at least eight Young Life staff members and volunteers have been charged criminally, following alleged sexual abuse of others involved with the ministry.

Alleged victims have recently filed four separate complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A related lawsuit against Young Life, claiming the organization’s complicity in incidents of sexual abuse and racial discrimination, was settled out of court in September.

Recently, survivors have also launched a group on Instagram, called @MeTooYoungLife, which compiles stories of former Young Life staff and volunteers who allege abuse and misconduct.

Young Life’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Lashanna Farley, responded with a statement to The Roys Report. “The safety and well-being of children and youth is a top priority for our organization, and abuse is not tolerated,” she said. “While we feel that one case of abuse is one too many, we do disagree with the (Insider’s) article’s conclusions about our culture. We do not have a widespread culture of abuse.”

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SOURCE: The Roys Report – Josh Shepherd