The dart that burst my ignorance bubble was the document, “Is it Enough?” I wasn’t the only one pricked by its impact. I was a deacon at the time it was systematically distributed down the chain of church command. The case study and timeline of events forced me to take notice and begin to ask questions. I urge you to go to isitenough.org to read the PDF document. I was so moved by it that I felt it necessary to include it in the book as an appendix. Keep the elder’s response in mind that they had not taken the role of an investigator. Is it enough to expect your church leadership to be honest and forthright with the body? Is it enough to believe that knowledge of potential abuse should be reported? Why would church leadership expect that reporting should be directly to them first for leadership to take care of when reporting statutes say the report should be directly to the hotline by the concerned individual? I’m just asking.
“The open letter on March 20, 2015, was the culmination of frustration due to the inaction by leadership. I discovered that Titus Benton and Douglas Lay had compiled a timeline of their information on Brandon Milburn because they felt they may have been called as witnesses during the trial. They titled the document ‘Is it Enough?’
Titus and Doug contacted the elders first and sent them copies of the document to ask for corrections, questions, and alterations. They also sent it to the prosecuting attorney’s office and to the sentencing judge, who asked for interested parties with information to present it. The elders’ response was a certified letter stating that the church had not taken the role of an investigator.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 75.)
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