"Today, “churches” ... cover-up the sexual abuse of children by their [leaders]." (Taken from ICC propaganda email).
This is another story that has been given to me by a then-member of the CAICC who was made aware of the following situations at the time they occurred.
According to this source, there were recent cases of statutory rape in the City of Angels International Christian Church teen ministry. Cases in which the rapists were protected and the victim was not. A 21-year old woman, a teen worker in the CAICC teen ministry, allegedly seduced and had sex (statutory rape) with a 15-year-old boy, a member of the CAICC teen ministry. Around the same time, another woman of approximately the same age as the first also committed statutory rape with the same boy. Both women were "disciples," members in good standing in the City of Angels International Christian Church.
The teen involved was devastated. The incidents were extremely difficult for him to deal with emotionally, and as of this writing he is still struggling to deal with the emotional wreckage caused by the abuse. Besides this, the acts were illegal and any person who commits statutory rape becomes a sex offender and suffer severe legal consequences.
In a pattern we have observed in the past, Kip McKean's church chose NOT to notify the police of the abuse that had occurred by adults against a minor. However, the church did take action - to protect the rapists!
The victim's mother, on the other hand, was understandably incensed, and called the police. However, the church had already aided one of the rapists to quickly relocate out-of-state. As of last notice, that rapist remains a "faithful" ICC member in another city. The consequences for the other rapist are not as clear, but she seems to still be currently an ICC member too, and has not seen legal action.
Back to the boy. His faith was destroyed, and he left the church. His mother, who was also a member, also had her faith destroyed left the church as well.
So once again we see how Kip McKean protects the leaders in the church, throws the rank-and-file under the proverbial bus, and through it all seeks to keep a tight lid on negative publicity.
Imagine a parent's reaction to the situation: "Oh my God, I let my child participate in the City of Angels teen ministry, only to find out that after the songs are over, ministry leaders seduce and commits statutory rape against him/her? And then help protect the rapist, while doing nothing for my child?"
Kip and friends probably prefer that the victim and his family are no longer part of the church, since they are certainly "bitter" and could "hurt the faith" of other ICC members.
In short, we can observe that the ICC leadership 1. finds it preferable to protect the abusers, who remain free to abuse other minors, while 2. allowing the victimized teen to ferment in a cesspool of misery, and 3. obstruct justice for both the abusers as well as the victim.
Funny how that is. In fact, that pattern matches exactly with my experience with Kip McKean and the top ICC leadership. (My story: Why I Left the City of Angels ICC)
Is it a surprise that one of the women involved is very close to one of the key players in my story of abuse? Maybe she learned abuse from the abusive treatment by an "important" ICC leader in her own home. (Another source informed me that she herself has been a victim of sexual abuse within her family.)
It seems that members of this family are able to do whatever they like, whenever they like. (As seen many times before, it pays to be close to leadership.)
(Don't even get me started on minimal repercussions .. Why in the world are Kip McKean or Victor Gonzales Sr, among others, still working for the church? Wait .. the church EXISTS to employ guys like them.)
So as of this writing, neither rapist has suffered any consequence for her actions. That can't bode well for the safety of other vulnerable people in the ICC, the "least of these" whom Jesus was so adamant that his disciples should protect.
And don't think that these were totally isolated incidents, either. I was aware of several occasions in the church where adults corrupted minors, seducing them or providing them with illegal drugs. And leadership knew, and yet none of them was ever reported to the police. Years later, now that I have kids, that's pretty hard for me to wrap my head around.
And that doesn't even include legal sex stuff, like the singles in Portland sleeping around with each other. I remember a girl with ties to leadership who was surprised to find a single guy in the church who completely abstained from sex. "Like, you NEVER have sex [as a disciple]? Not even SOMETIMES?"
Once again, it seems that Kip McKean appears more interested in image over substance, in protecting his leaders and his group over "the least of these" who suffer in his midst.
Of course, that was the environment into which Kip was baptized in the Gainesville Church of Christ, where his ministry leader, Chuck Lucas, was having penetrative gay sex with several male "disciples" in the campus ministry.
Chuck Lucas, it should be mentioned, was Kip's hero, and Kip was Chuck's "star disciple." Rumors suggest that Kip was one of the guys involved in the sexual relations with Chuck, and that Kip confessed this fact to the original group of WSL's in a meeting shortly before they gave him the boot from leadership of the ICOC.
I have been reluctant to share that bit of information in case it is not true, but at the same time have not been able to find anyone to refute it. Of course, Kip wouldn't think that it was a very big deal, because 1. Kip has always said that "sin is sin" and no one sin is "worse" in God's eyes than any other sin, and because 2. Kip makes the rules anyway.
Again, the information about the teen ministry rape victim was provided to me by a source who was aware of the situation as a member inside the CAICC. As such, my information is second-hand and I have to take this person's word for its accuracy. As a final reminder, every bit of information contained herein should be understood as "alleged." While I am posting it because I have reason to believe it is true, there remains the possibility that all or parts of this post are incorrect or infactual. If I am presented with conflicting evidence, I will be fair and appropriately amend the information posted here.