RZIM UK has announced a “clear separation” from the global organisation founded by Ravi Zacharias after a damning report concluded that the late apologist had engaged in sexual misconduct and rape.
The report follows a six month independent investigation by law firm Miller & Martin that confirmed Zacharias had engaged in “sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape” .
The investigation also uncovered hundreds of photos of young women, some of them graphic, as well as romantic emails with women who were not his wife.
Over a dozen massage therapists at a day spa once co-owned by Zacharias in Atlanta, Georgia, shared shocking accounts of abusive behaviour by the once renowned speaker and writer.
One woman said she had had sexual intercourse with Zacharias, while another described “many encounters over a period of years that she described as rape.”
RZIM US responded by apologising and announcing a major review and overhaul of the organisation’s culture, policies and structures, as well as counselling for survivors.
“It must have been deeply painful for the victims of Ravi’s abuse and misconduct to tell their stories and to relive their terrible experiences as they participated in this investigation,” RZIM US’s board said.
“To you we say directly: Words cannot come close to expressing the sorrow that we feel for what you have been through or the gratitude we feel for the bravery with which you have responded. We are so thankful to you, and we are so sorry.”
The UK branch of RZIM welcomed the apology from the US but said the reponse “does not go nearly far enough in terms of actions relating to leadership and governance.”
“Very serious issues and systemic failings have been raised in recent months and confirmed by the Miller&Martin report,” RZIM UK said.
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SOURCE: Christian Today