Pastor Kenneth Wayne Huneycutt Charged with Child Sex Abuse

Pastor Kenneth Wayne Huneycutt of Ada, OK, has been charged with four counts of lewd molestation of a child under 12. According to the authorities, he has apparently already admitted his guilt.

One neighbor’s telling comment expresses why people in churches have such a hard time coming to grips with this reality when it happens — she cannot believe a man known for his good deeds would hurt a child. Yes, that sounds familiar.

What Happens When the Church Helps?

I’ve added a new section called Church Help?

This section is to expose the truth of what happens when abuse victims go to the church for help.

Jesus came to free the oppressed. That is a fundamental mission of the church. We cannot think we are on mission with God while the church is failing to correctly respond to the abused within its own doors.

Consequently, I think it is critical to shine the light on what is actually happening when people go to the church for help. Not every church responds to abuse wrong. Unfortunately, I believe the ones that respond correctly are in the minority, not the majority.

This is something that must change. The only way that can happen is to 1) expose what is happening to reveal the problem, and then 2) outline how to correct it. That is what I hope to accomplish.

Anne Klassen Speaks Out About Church Failure to Report Her Child Sex Abuse

Anne Klassen is breaking her decades of silence about the church’s complicity in her father’s sexual abuse of her throughout her childhood.

Anne’s earliest memories of her father’s sex abuse are from when she was four, but her mother tells her it began significantly earlier. It continued until she married in her early 20s, with the full knowledge of her mother and siblings. It was just assumed that her father had full access to her body and could do as he pleased with her.

But Anne went to her pastor for help. Isn’t that a logical thing to do?

Guess what she heard. Her pastor told her he knew about it. He already knew her father was involved in an ongoing incestuous relationship with his daughter.

Then he told her she needed to forgive her father and forgive her family for their complicity.

Her pastor did not report her abuse. Granted this was years before mandated reporting – but incest has been a crime for a long time. And it has certainly been against Biblical law for longer.

Her pastor did not take this man’s sexual sin before the church for church discipline. That would have been a Biblical response.

Her pastor did not make any attempt to help her find healing – which could only have occurred after he helped her get to a place of physical safety by helping get her father the legal and Scriptural consequences required by God and country.

Her pastor did not stand up for the afflicted and needy within his own doors, thereby defying the commission of Jesus under the New Covenant.

Her pastor abetted her abuser, thereby calling evil good.

Interestingly, the current church claims they would do differently today. But I noticed that their words still want to put the problem back on the family and shake off any responsibility by the church.

That is a common problem when abuse victims reach out to the church. It is far easier if the church can turn the problem back onto the family so they don’t have to get their hands dirty and messy dealing with it. That would be icky and hard work! People might get mad at them! How not nice would that be?!

So church leaders do fancy little pious-sounding dances to worm their way out of being responsible to do what Jesus gave us a mandate to do – stand up for the afflicted, hold people accountable, expose sin, put unrepentant sinners out of the church, obey the law of the land by reporting illegal activity, etc.

Now Anne’s family is angry with her, but this merely indicates they are locked in their own dysfunction still. Kudos to her for speaking out! I wish her the best.

To read more about Anne Klassen and her situation, visit her website at mennonitecoverup.ca.