The Other Side of the Story

Letter to the Editor:
"The Other Side of the Story."
You don't have to be very bright to see that the secular news media often focus on the sensational, and what could be more sensational than a "sex scandal" at a religious institution? However, when the secular media started to pursue the allegations against Prairie Bible Institute, the whole issue suddenly dropped off the charts. There was no sensational sex scandal, this was not going to be "Penn State north" because the facts are not sensational at all.
The Institute has made itself wide open to the RCMP and to any and all who feel they are victims to come forward to state their case. A previous writer demanded that a letter of apology be sent, but that would be difficult to do because we don't have any addresses. It's not hard to understand that when you have a large group of people brought together, some of those young people who have already had experiences of sexual misadventure, know that abuse can take place. But for charges to be brought against the Institute over something that took place in the privacy of the family home when the Administration was never told about it until recently, doesn't seem very realistic. There have been situations where the RCMP investigated and for one reason or another didn't lay charges, but the Institute Administration went beyond that and had the people involved removed from the campus.
A wide net of abuse has been cast, including emotional and physical. During the '70's and '80's as a staff member, a large part of my responsibility was to help students deal with their problems, and often I would tell a student that they needed to change their attitude. In today's permissive climate, this would be considered emotional abuse. If there are 80 people or more out there that have a legitimate complaint against the Institute, they are welcome to come forward. The secular news media will never print the other side of the story (except the Capital). It is to be hoped that those who initially believed it and can now find out that things are not as they were stated, will do better than that.
It's unfortunate that President Maxwell used the term "business as usual", because that is open to interpretation based on a person's previous point of view. Again, the truth of the matter is that "business as usual" on the Prairie campus, is that students find a nurturing, personally-building community made up of staff, other students, and local friends of the Institute. By far the vast majority who come on campus leave at the end of their time as better people. "Business as usual" on Prairie campus, is to encourage people to "know Christ, and then go out and make Him known" to a world in pain.
Yours on campus
to see the truth,
Neville Wilkins
Co-ordinator, Three Hills "Friends of Prairie"