Church Forced Girl to Apologize for Being Raped
Girl forced to apologize before being sent away
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by thebabbster
Posted Jun 1, 2010 9:50 AM CDT
A New Hampshire church sent one of its members away after she was allegedly raped and impregnated.   (©Steve Snodgrass)

(Newser) – When a 15-year-old girl was raped and impregnated in 1997, her New Hampshire church took justice into its own hands…by sending her to Colorado, thereby protecting her alleged rapist. Ernest Willis, 51, was finally arrested last month after the victim, now 28, read about similar cases and decided to come forward. After raping her twice, Willis offered to pay for an abortion—or punch her in the stomach to cause a miscarriage—when she became pregnant, the Concord Monitor reports.

When she declined and told the church what happened, pastor Chuck Phelps forced her “to confess my 1% guilt in the situation” by apologizing in front of the entire congregation, then shipped her out of state, she told police. Phelps notified authorities of the situation in 1997, but police couldn't locate her. “Without a victim, it makes it very difficult to have a case,” says a police officer.

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Jun 2, 2010 11:32 PM CDT
I think we need clarity here...the priest at the center of this travesty is not a Roman Catholic priest, or any sort of Christian priest. I think we have to go all the way back to Ba'al worship to find his religious affiliation.
Jun 2, 2010 10:49 PM CDT
The wonders of Christianity.
Jun 2, 2010 10:26 PM CDT
1st)These people who did this to that young lady ... are not Christians .. or the "real followers" of Jesus the Christ ..the Son of God ! They are using JESUS to take money from poor gullible sad people ... This girl ought to sue the "church" and have her rapist arrested .. 2nd) Whoever told this assine "pastor" that the rape victim has to apologize in front of the church proper is as moronic as he is. Jesus said: "Suffer the little Children to come unto Me and hinder them not .. For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven" Heaven is made up of people who actually know what the Beatitudes are and follow them ..Children are "innocent" and trust with their hearts ...These assinine men stole from that little girl. JESUS also said that ANYONE WHO CAUSES ONE OF HIS LITTLE ONES TO STUMBLE ...well, lets just say it would be better if they were NEVER born ... THEN to face Him...[when HE comes these phonies will pay dearly for leading children astray]