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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    CA - Youth pastor Demetrius Allen charged with molestation

    There's two stories here. First and foremost, a young girl was victimized by a man she should have been able to trust...her youth pastor. He's 28 and she's 14, just a child. Shame on this man!!

    Secondly, when will editors EVER learn to stop minimizing these crimes? Here's a list of just some of the news sources and their headlines:

    LA Times: "Pastor charged with having 14 month affair with girl"

    CBS: "Venice youth pastor accused of having sexual relationship with teen girl"

    The Argonaut: "Youth pastor charged in connection with alleged affair"

    Even the headlines that mention molestation or sexual misconduct make the mistake of referring to the actions as a relationship in the narrative--a "year long relationship", "carrying on an affair" . When will they learn that a 14 year old child cannot give consent and therefore, the crime is called sexual abuse, sexual assault, molestation, or rape?


    Youth Pastor Charged With Molesting Girl, More Victims Sought

    "Investigators today sought possible victims of a youth pastor who has been charged with multiple molestation and other counts for allegedly having a yearlong affair with a young girl who attended his Venice church.

    Demetrius Darnell Allen, 28, of Granada Hills was arrested on Aug. 3 and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment two days later. Allen, who was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is due back in court on Aug. 16 for a bail hearing and again on Sept. 15, when a date will be set for a preliminary hearing. Allen is accused of initiating a sexual relationship [NOT!!!!] with a then-14-year-old member of First Baptist Church in March 2010. The relationship continued until May of this year....."

    more at link

    Let's try, "Allen is accused of repeatedly molesting the then-14-year-old".

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Youth Pastor.

    E-mails will go out.

    Poor young girl.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Thank you, Ma'am. I sent them too. Ticks me off to no end. Texas Mist once posted a link to an editor's guide concerning writing about sexual abuse. I've looked and can't find it. We need that link.

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