One week before she was set to report to prison as a convicted sex offender, Alicia Gray, a former school teacher, shared on-camera how her faith had helped her since she was arrested on sex abuse charges last year.
"I had pain in my own heart and a void that I thought I needed to fill through attention and all kinds of other things, and that void was just needing Jesus," Gray said in the Jan. 10 video.
Incest is now being touted as romance and entertainment? Society seems to play a game of "Can you top this?" Or really "How low can you go?" Hollywood often leads the way, but there are many that follow.
It seems that things acceptable today would have been unthinkable a decade ago and not even on the radar screen a half-century ago and a criminal offense 100 years ago, in many cases.
Lifetime television has brought to the small screen, Flowers in the Attic, dealing with incest apparently as a romance---based on a popular 1979 novel. more >>
One suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting at Purdue University in Indiana Tuesday afternoon that killed one person.
The suspect reportedly surrendered to police outside of the Electrical Engineering Building, located on the northeast side of the West Lafayette campus, shortly after noon ET on Tuesday. The university announced the shooting via social media, text message, and its website, warning students that the school had been put into lockdown mode while police investigated the incident. This lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m. but the electrical engineering building is reportedly still closed.
The text message sent by the university to students and faculty read: "Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place." more >>
The grandson of American evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of GRACE, a Christian sex abuse victim ministry, blasted a church video featuring a convicted sex offender apologizing for her crimes.
Boz Tchividjian appeared on Janet Mefferd's radio show last week to speak out against the film, which he alleged paints a "perfect, tragic picture" of what is wrong in the Church's response to sex abuse.
"Why? Why make a video and post this? My guess would be that the [Deeper Life Fellowship] wants to show 'Look how Christ can transform somebody else.' But what ends up coming up after the video is that there are four or five things that I have seen over and over again in responses to offenders by the church," said Tchividjian. more >>
The increase in human trafficking among American children has prompted a faith-based rescue organization to partner with local and national churches for a campaign aimed at men in an effort to dissuade them from partaking in the sex slavery industry.
Seattle-based Compassion 2 One is behind the "Protect Her" effort that will launch this fall and hopes to reverse the desensitization of pimps who view minors as commodities.
"How do we stop human trafficking in the modern world? The response that we came up with was demand reduction," said Phil Martin, national director of Compassion 2 One. "You have to stop men from buying commercial sex and from entertaining the sex industry…it's the law of supply and demand." more >>
A husband and wife leaving a Texas church on Saturday were shot and killed while exiting the building after visiting the man's daughter.
Nathan and Krystal Maddox, 35 and 30, respectively, were spending time with Nathan's 4-year-old daughter, Madison, at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in a visit supervised by the girl's maternal grandmother and a neutral third party.
Tyler County police arrived on scene on Saturday afternoon to find the couple dead of apparent gunshot wounds on the church's lawn. Sheriff Bryan Weatherford ruled out a murder/suicide and said that there were no witnesses at the time of the incident, as everyone at the church, including Madison, were inside during the attack. more >>