Boz in the News

What it means for the Southern Baptist Convention to be under federal investigation for abuse

Published in The Tennessean: August 15, 2022

"I hope people measure their expectations," said Boz Tchividjian, an attorney who represents abuse survivors and a former prosecutor. "I think it's a good thing that they (the SBC) are being subjected to the civil authorities…But we just don't know."

The Village Church Settles Abuse Complaint

Published in Christianity Today: August 12, 2022

“Our client’s testimony regarding the assault and who committed it has never wavered,” Boz Tchividjian, one of the attorneys representing the woman, told CT. “It’s tragic that TVC never really seemed to grasp that. We are so grateful to our client for taking the profoundly difficult and brave step forward to bring darkness to light in this egregious matter.”

How Child sexual abuse lawsuit under NC SAFE Child Act settled against former Asheville school

Published in Citizen Times: July 8, 2022

One of Howald’s attorneys, Boz Tchividjian, of BozLaw PA in DeLand, Florida, said the fact that Ben Lippen School settled before the Supreme Court even ruled on the constitutionality of the SAFE Child Act is significant.

“It is unusual for these cases to be settled while the matter is pending before the N.C. Supreme Court. Most parties have pushed the ‘pause’ button until there is a ruling,” said Tchividjian.

How Franklin Graham pushed a domestic abuse victim to return to her husband

Published in The Washington Post: June 20, 2022

Boz Tchividjian — a grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham, a nephew of Franklin Graham and a lawyer who represents sex abuse survivors — said there is a pattern in parts of conservative evangelicalism that emphasizes the authority of men and fosters skepticism among leaders toward abuse allegations.

Several Women Counseled by NJ Pastor Say He Abused, Exploited Them

Published in The Roys Report: June 3, 2022

“There’s a fear of if you step forward and expose this type of conduct . . . you will be the one who is forced to lose community,” Tchividjian said. “And that happens all the time . . . and all you’re doing is empowering the offending party to engage in that type of conduct because they feel invincible.”said Boz Tchividjian

The Next Christian Sex-Abuse Scandal

Published in The American Prospect: May 5, 2014

Even so, the idea that Bob Jones would reach outside itself for help was stunning-especially considering to whom it was reaching out. GRACE was founded by a member of evangelical royalty: Boz Tchividjian ("rhymes with religion," he likes to say), a former prosecutor who teaches law at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Jerry Falwell's legacy school, and who is the grandson of "America's pastor," Billy Graham. Before he came to fame, Graham was a Bob Jones University dropout who Bob Jones Sr. said would never amount to more than a "poor country Baptist preacher somewhere out in the sticks."

Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed

Published in Premier Christianity: June 1, 2022

“What I’ve consistently heard from abuse survivors from faith communities has been the following: ‘The abuse that was perpetrated against me was traumatic and will take a lifetime to heal from it. But what was worse than that was the response from the very community who I thought would be my greatest advocate, but who turned their back on me. I don’t know if I’ll ever heal from that.’ That’s really profound if you think about it. They’re saying the failed response from the church community has a graver impact on the victim than the actual abuse itself.” – said Boz Tchividjian

Southern Baptist Leaders Mishandled Sex Abuse Crisis, Report Alleges

Published in The New York Times: May 22, 2022

"This Report is horrifying. The Number of lives decimated by those who claim to follow Jesus is almost beyond comprehension," said Boz Tchividjian

Religion News Service: Lawsuit accuses ACNA church of Negligence that Resulted in Child Sexual Abuse

Published: May 18, 2022

In a case co-counseled by Boz Tchividjian, the Anglican Church in North America’s Upper Midwest Diocese is being sued for negligence. This comes in the wake of the ACNA publicly grappling with accusations of mishandling abuse allegations since summer of 2021.

Parents of 5-y-o girl Sexually Assaulted on Palm Sunday at Sunday School Settle with Church

In a case co-counseled by Boz Tchividjian, the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth in Michigan has reached a confidential settlement.

Published in The Christian Post: April 14, 2022

Christianity Today: Josh Duggar Found Guilty in Child Sex Abuse Materials Case

Published: December 9, 2021

Josh Duggar has been convicted of receiving and possessing material that depicts the sexual abuse of children. Boz provided insight to how the trial should be received by faith communities—where crimes like these certainly happen.

The Jerusalem Post: Orthodox Union sued over past abuse by rabbi convicted of sexual abuse

Published: November 30, 2021

BozLaw and CrewJanci together represent the victims of an Orthodox Union youth group, who have been sued over past abuse by Baruch Lanner, a rabbi convicted of sexually abusing teenage students.

WPSD Local: Charles Bronston Jones: Doctor on the Run

Published: November 18, 2021

More than four decades after abuse at a Paducah community, the trauma the victims experienced remains. Boz is interviewed for this story.

Business Insider: Former Young Life members across the US say they experienced sexual misconduct at the teen mega-ministry

Published: October 6, 2021

According to some in the organization, Young Life has also been a setting rife with sexual harassment and assault of both student members and volunteers, often at the hands of peers or adults they trusted.

The Charlotte Observer: Few child sex abuse survivors seize chance to sue in NC. Time is running out.

Published: October 3, 2021

The effort to reform the laws and extend the statute of limitations—allowing abuse victims to sue their perpetrators—has faced many challenges. In this article, read how one survivor, and client of BozLaw, has fought to take her life back.

60 Minutes Australia: Hillsong Hell

Published: September 18, 2021

In this 60 Minutes (Australia) story, Boz Tchividjian is interviewed about his client, Anna Crenshaw, and the ongoing controversies at Hillsong Church.

The Roys Report: Director & Dean of Zacharias Institute Resign ‘Humbled’ and ‘Wrecked’

Published: July 28, 2021

Vince and Joanna Vitale announced they’re resigning from RZIM “to allow ourselves to be deeply formed by all that we have been humbled by and wrecked over in the last year.” The Vitales apologized in February for perpetuating the “lies” of Ravi Zacharias and hurting his victims.

Citizen Times: Ben Lippen School Denies Claims by Former Student Alleging Sexual Abuse by Teacher

Published: May 24, 2021

In this article, Boz replies to a claim by a religious school that a “look back law”—allowing victims of past sexual abuse to hold perpetrators and their enablers accountable—is unlawful due to religious exemptions.

Religion News Service: Guidepost Reports Bryan Loritts Mishandled Abuse Allegations at Former Church but did not Cover Them Up

Published: March 31, 2021

A new report shows how much churches still need to learn about dealing with abuse.

Christianity Today: A Kentucky Church’s Secret to Handling Abuse Allegations? Humility

Published: March 16, 2021

Tates Creek Presbyterian won praise for its transparent investigation. Then it had to do it again. (This article is behind a paywall.)

Religion News Service: After Ravi Zacharias Report, Christians Examine How to Avoid ‘Betrayal Blindness’

Published: March 3, 2021

In the fallout of Ravi Zacharias abuse case, many Christians are wondering: Why does it take so long for religious groups to admit the truth about their leaders?

The Christian Post: How She Fought Back After Assault by Hillsong Church Administrator

Published: April 6, 2021

In this article, Boz explains the dynamics involved when abuse disclosures are mishandled. The case against Hillsong Church, in which Boz represents the victim in the case, is ongoing.

The Christian Post: Married Hillsong Church Administrator Sexually Assaulted Philadelphia Pastor’s Daughter

Published: February 12, 2021

In this article explaining what happened at Hillsong Church,

Boz shares his thoughts about the victim in the ongoing lawsuit.

Citizen Times: In Asheville School Sex Assault Case, Buncombe DA Williams Makes Decision

Published: February 23, 2021

Asheville Police concluded a four-month investigation into the alleged 2019 sexual assault of Agnes Hill, who was then a 15-year-old freshman at Asheville School, said police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse.

Citizen Times: Asheville School finds no fault in its Title IX investigation for alleged sex assault; Backlash Ensues

Published: February 5, 2021

An Asheville School ad hoc committee cleared the school in its handling of its Title IX investigation into a May 2019 alleged sexual assault against Agnes Hill, then a 15-year-old freshman.

Citizen Times: Alleging Sexual Abuse, Former Ben Lippen School Student Sues Teacher, School

Published: January 29, 2021

A graduate of Ben Lippen School – a Christian boarding school formerly located in West Asheville – is suing a former female teacher and the school, alleging years of sexual abuse.

Religion News Service: Suit Alleges Southern Baptist Church’s Negligence Led to Abuse of Teen

Published: July 15, 2020

Parents allege the church’s ‘malicious, reckless, and willful and wanton’ conduct led to the abuse of their daughter by a man now in prison for sexual battery.

Christian Headlines: Boz Tchividjian Steps down from Ministry, Resigns from Liberty University to Represent Sex Abuse Victims in Court

Published: December 17, 2019

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, an attorney who founded a national ministry that helps Christian organizations deal with sexual abuse, has resigned his post to carry on his mission through the court system.

Matt Chandler’s Village Church sued for $1M in Child Sex Abuse Case

Published: July 29, 2019

Pastor Matt Chandler’s The Village Church in Texas was hit last Friday with a lawsuit by former congregants seeking more than $1 million in damages for the alleged sexual abuse of their daughter at a church camp by a former minister in 2012 when she was eleven.

NBC News: New Tribes Missionary Abuse Victims Break Their Silence

Published: February 7, 2019

In this video, five women are speaking out for the first time about the abuse they suffered while their parents were teaching the Bible on behalf of a group formerly known as New Tribes, which operated in more than a dozen countries around the world.

Baptist News Global: Caring well? Expert Berates Southern Baptists for Ignoring Sexual Abuse

Published: October 7, 2019

A former prosecutor and grandson of Billy Graham focused for the last 16 years on investigating allegations of clergy sexual abuse in evangelical churches shamed the Southern Baptist Convention for failing to act on abuse in its own ranks until prodded by the secular press.

Vice News: Billy Graham's Grandson Says Protestants Abuse Kids Just Like Catholics

Published: August 17, 2017

Basyle "Boz" Tchividjian is shining a spotlight on the sexual abuse of children in Protestant churches—a scandal he says may be larger than that of the Catholic Church.

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