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Pastor Gets Applause For Admitting He Sexually Assaulted Teen

Members of the Highpoint Church in Memphis Tennessee applauded Pastor Andy Savage when he admitted to and apologized for a sexual incident with a high school student 20 years ago Tennessee pastor accused of sexual assault has book canceled
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2018, 23:04

Andy Savage, the megachurch pastor, sat on a wooden stool on the stage at Highpoint Church in Memphis on Sunday and admitted that he was guilty of sexual activity with a teen before asking for forgiveness, according to video footage of the event. "I'm truly sorry that more was not done". In order to remove our potential bias from the situation, we have placed Larry on a leave of absence while an investigation by a third-party organization is undertaken. I remember him pleading, while he was on his knees with his hands up on his head, "oh my god, oh my god".

Woodson wrote that Savage pulled over the auto, unzipped his jeans and pulled out his penis before asking her to suck it.

Even though she was consumed by "fear, shame, anger and hurt", Woodson told church leaders about the incident.

CBS News reports that Savage made the confession this past Sunday at Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The incident happened before Amanda [Mr Savage's wife] and I were engaged and I shared every aspect of this situation with her before I asked her to marry me.

Skoda wrote that SNAP took issue with Parkway Baptist for not taking action regarding Savage until Woodson spoke to her women's group, and lambasted Highpoint for choosing to stand by Savage despite the church leadership's knowledge of his sexual incident with Woodson.

When Savage failed to respond to Woodson's December email, she took her allegations public on January 5, posting a detailed account of the alleged sexual assault on a blog for abuse survivors. The church, however, never came out with an official statement addressing what had happened and/or what was being done about it. You can't tell anyone Jules, please. Savage's career had begun as a college student working at a church outside Houston, a congregation Woodson attended as a high school student. "You have to take this to the grave with you".

"Jules, I am deeply sorry for my actions 20 years ago".

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I resigned from ministry and moved back home to Memphis. Oh my god, I'm so sorry. "I had just been manipulated and used - I swore to him I wouldn't tell anyone just to get him to stop".

"I just hope that by me coming forward that I would give courage to one other person", Woodson said.

The church has since issued a statement saying only that "there will be additional information from Andy and the church soon". "I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me", Ms Woodson wrote.

In response to the public revelations, Mr Savage has received the continued support of lead pastor Chris Conlee, who has tweeted that he is "praying for God's healing for all involved".

On Monday, Christian publisher Bethany House announced it hadcanceled the publication of "The Ridiculously Good Marriage" by Savage, The Associated Press reported.

"This person was going through emotional trauma when they told the mother, so a lot of times none of us know that folks are being violated, particularly folks they hold in high esteem", Police Capt. Darry Whitaker told the local news station. Time is up on the refusal of church leaders to pay serious attention to those who report sexual abuse by church workers.

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