Mother Of Alleged Victim Speaks Of Victory Christian Ministry

Saturday, November 10th 2012, 2:29 pm
By: News On 6

The mother of a teenage girl who was raped at a south Tulsa megachurch has told The Associated Press that she believed she was doing the right thing by sending her daughter to a place where she would learn traditional Bible Belt values.

But now, she alleges that leaders at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center have attempted to manipulate the girl.

The 13-year-old girl was a member of the Victory youth group and had attended the church's summer camp, "Word Explosion." She accused camp leader Chris Denman of pushing her against a wall, taking off her clothes and raping her.

Police say Denman admitted knowing she was underage, but said young girls were easy, because they didn't know how to say no.

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The 13-year-old's mother is suing the ministry. The lawsuit says church employees tried to cover up the sexual abuse by not reporting the rape to the authorities while they did an in-house investigation aimed at damage control.

The suit also alleges the church attempted to make her daughter feel as if she was somehow to blame for the assault.