Some “Sexual Abuse Advocates” Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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Some “Sexual Abuse Advocates” Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

by Bart Breen

Bart is a former pastor who has helped sexual abuse victims. He has also had experience with those who falsely claim to be “sexual abuse advocates” and smear others with willful lies. Jim Wright (OrganicSower) is a known slanderer who has lied about many ministers and he has been excommunicated from local churches and from over 35 Christian leaders for his unrepentant sins.

Not all Victim’s Advocacy Groups are legitimate!

Many times after a disaster or tragedy is covered people will begin to receive phone calls, or see people collecting funds on street corners and it’s become a sad reality that people with kind hearts who truly want to help others in their suffering have to be careful not to allow their better natures to be taken advantage of by people who are willing to wrap themselves in the suffering of other people in order to benefit themselves financially.  While this is probably the best known pitfall for people to be wary of, it is by no means the only one.

Victim’s Advocacy Groups are attractive at times as cover for people who are the very ones that are victimizing others!  It provides narcissistic manipulators and similar personality types, the opportunity to have exposure, control and influence with others who assume that their actions and motives are driven by their stated purpose.  It also provides these types of personalities the opportunity to have access to those who have been victimized, are vulnerable and who lack power to stand against the agenda or needs and desires that these abusers bring with them in their interactions.  The abuse can come in the same form as the original abuse those victims suffered before, or it can be a more subtle form of abuse that takes the vulnerable state of that victim and then uses them and their cause to meet the needs of the Advocate/Abuser.

These are some things that I’ve observed over several years in the past that are important for victims who are seeking help as well as for people who look to provide support in any form to an organization, financial, volunteer or listening to the communications that are made on behalf of “victims” by groups that claim to be representing and helping them.

Beware of Lone Wolves

Legitimate Victim’s Advocate Groups are not solo operations.  There is either a board or a group of volunteers who bring with them various skill sets and professional qualifications and experiences and they are willing to allow their names to stand publicly along with their reputations as assurance to the community that they are personally invested in seeing that the actions and operations of that group are held to the highest level with a commitment to transparency and integrity.  Checks and balances are built into the organization so that those who come to them who are weak and vulnerable are treated with the highest level of integrity and openness to assure that they will not be further victimized.

“Organizations” that exist in name only with only one person who is doing all the talking, receiving all the communications and providing all the assurances that everything is being done properly are highly suspect.  Without public disclosure of a group of qualified persons there is no reasonable assurance that finances are being applied properly, victims are being treated with respect and multiple opinions employed in terms of providing resources and making referrals to counselors and attorneys.  Often times, solo operations may simply serve as a front for one individual who makes referrals to other professionals who in turn then make a “donation” back to the “organization” in what in effect becomes a de facto “kick back” arrangement to funnel business in this manner.  In worse situations, this strong figure who assumes the collective voices of nameless victims, then may use their victim status to promote their own agenda.  Such toxic leaders may have had failures within past organizations to validate their strong belief that they are meant to lead and control and so in order to compensate for this strong driven need in their lives they seek out those who are weak and helpless in the guise of providing them with teaching, resources and organization but those who are reached out to in this manner remain hidden in the background with no real power, no real role other than to rubber stamp the agenda of the sole leader, and in this manner their victim status is institutionalized and perpetually maintained in order to continue to meet the needs of the strong central leader who maintains all public roles and exposure in order to feed their own ego and need for power.

Beware of Hidden Agendas

Often organizations are set up as a response to the founder’s own prior failures or rejections.  This can be true in religious based organizations especially just as one example.  If a strongly driven person with a need for power and influence to validate themselves is rejected in a local church or other organization, and in some extremes even cast out or excommunicated, they will often then use their abilities to form their own organization but they’ll do it in a manner that places them in the center of all the operations and provides them with all the power.  They may go to great lengths to provide the appearance of others collaborating with them, but they will refer to positions rather than named individuals who are represented as providing specific input to the operation of the organization.  Look carefully at the public actions of the organization in their communications such as news releases, websites and blogs or their attempts to get their message to those who are outside.  It’s not uncommon for such narcissistic or toxic leaders to use the platform of their new organizations to try to exact revenge upon their former organizations or individuals whom they perceive as having stood in the way of what was their perceived right to lead and participate in their old organizations before they were rebuffed.

Look for Critics to be Accused of Ulterior Motives

Toxic leaders and Narcissistic personalities who gravitate toward Victim’s Organizations are masters of making emotional, irrational accusations toward those who oppose them or who attempt to point out the problems with their organizations or methods.  Instead of addressing the issues that are brought up, the whistle-blowers are accused of any manner of general ad hominem motives such as racism, sexism, and/or seeking to persecute victims and empower their oppressors.   This becomes the sheepskin that the wolf wraps themselves in to preserve their image, power and provide them with a means to discount any who oppose them.  A reputable organization has multiple people to whom questions and issues can be addressed so that any one person is not allowed to become the sole face and voice in which their own personal identity is enmeshed but then hidden.  When the primary focus of the organization and communications becomes maintaining the personal image and power of the Abuser/Advocate instead of other people coming forward to provide information and provide accountability and disclosure then that is a blaring warning signal that the focus of attention is not the cause of the claimed victims but rather the image of the central Advocate/Abuser.

Toxic Leaders Often Seek the Weakest to Cloak Their Activities

The weakest in our society are the most vulnerable not only for abusers in general but crafty abusers will often place themselves in positions where they can target and organize those who are weakest in contexts such as Prison Ministries, Sexual Abuse Advocacy, Half-Way Houses, and they may even use their positions of power to provide work through their organization at cut-rates or minimum wages which in turn are used to benefit themselves through the improvement of their own homes, their own business and entrepreneurial endeavors which the central Abuser/Advocate then personally profit by while being able to mask their activities by claiming they are “charitable.”  By creating dependency upon themselves they can use this web of power as well to manipulate those who become dependent upon them to promote other agendas such as claimed religious networks, and put these people in positions of “power” in the background where they follow the “suggestions” of the Abuser/Advocate without question because to fail to do so will result in their losing the minimal security they are receiving.

Steps You Can Take to Identify Advocate/Abusers and Their Organizations

1.  Do Your Homework – Check the History of the Organization and the Person who is the Only Identified Leader.

2.  Create a Coalition – Find Others Within the Organization Who are at Risk and Questioning as well as Others Who have been in It and Share your Concerns.

3.  Avoid Solo Confrontations – Manipulative Abusers Thrive on Secrecy and the Ability to Misrepresent Things.  Have witnesses.

Resources To Help Identify These Types of Organizations and Toxic Leaders

Among the Wolves Abusers, Liars & Other Mayhem in Victim Advocacy Groups – A Website the Addresses this issue.

Article: The Allure of Toxic Leaders:  Why Followers Rarely Escape Their Clutches – A Good Article Explaining the Dynamics of Toxic Leadership

About the Author:  Bart Breen is a Former Pastor and District Worker in an Evangelical Denomination who has worked in the past with researching and helping to manage abusive situations in local churches.  He is currently a Specialist Senior with a Big 4 Consulting Company in the Washington DC area and specializes in Project Management, Grants Management, Change Management and Transformational and Servant Leadership.  He has done Master of Science level studies on Organizational Leadership and has an ongoing interest in this area of study.

Related Articles:  Who is Jim Wright?

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Jim Wright Exposed: CrossroadJunction NathansVoice Sex Abuse, Sexual Predation Lies | Jim Wright’s Divorce & Excommunication

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Tags: Jim Wright sexual abuse lies; Jim Wright sexual predation fabrications; Jim Wright’s divorce; Jim Wright sexual misconduct, Jim Wright crossroadjunction, nathansvoice, fulcrum, Jim Wright’s bullying, harassment, verbal assault, emotional abuse

May 2013

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Jim Wright, the sole person who created and operates several pseudo “advocate” websites which deceptively set themselves up to be abuse support organizations, has a long history of spreading lies, defamation, verbal assault, bullying, harassment against women, and emotional abuse (including against his ex-wife and estranged adult children: source – crossroadjunctionwatch.com, article “Jim Wright, Elder?”).

Wright also has a blog called CrossRoadJunction where he routinely lies about people he doesn’t like (and doesn’t know personally).

After Facebook removed his OrganicSower Facebook page because of consistently spreading defamation against the same group of people relentlessly, Wright created another Facebook page which serves as a deceptive front for spreading his slanderous allegations. The new Facebook page is called “Plumbline Faith” and it uses the symbol below, falsely marketing itself as “simple faith, simple virtue, and simple church.” Wright uses Facebook ads to bolster the “likes” on this page, but few of the people who liked this page know who Wright is or his history of abuse and excommunications.

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Wright touts himself to be an expert in “simple church” and “organic church.” Despite that Wright has little personal experience in simple church and was excommunicated by over 30 leaders of the simple/organic church movement, Wright’s method is to post innocuous statements about faith and politics on his Facebook page, then he posts his lies and slanderous attacks against the people he hates.

The Facebook abuse team has been monitoring Wright’s activities on social media. His personal Facebook page has been shut down over four times for defamation, harassment, and abuse.

The many victims of Wright’s lies and abuse have not been silent. In 2013, they bravely exposed his sins against them and others, most of whom he has no personal relationship with and has never met.

Wright’s victims have spoken out and their names appear in the warning/excommunication document on this page signed by over 30 respected Christian leaders.

Wright has been banned from more than 10 Facebook page groups for his unrepentant pattern of emotional abuse, bullying, fabricating false and absurd allegations against people he doesn’t know, and verbal assault.

This site contains facts, quotes, and testimonies by the many victims of Wright’s abuse who have stood strong against his atrocious tactics, including links to genuine sex abuse advocates who have exposed Wright’s deceitful impersonation to be an advocate himself.

A letter signed by over 35 Christian leaders exposing the gross sins of Jim Wright and urging Christians to not listen to, follow, or friend him online was published after numerous attempts to urge Wright to repent.

This website will come down when Jim Wright removes his slanderous articles and so will the associated links at the bottom with responses to all of Wright’s smears, lies, and fabrications. 

Here is an excerpt from the “Warning Against Jim Wright” signed by over 35 Christian leaders in 2013.

“Jesus also commanded His followers to break fellowship with a person if they will not repent, but instead, insist on hurting others (v. 17).

While Matthew 18 applies to a local situation, the principles that Jesus outlines in that text apply to matters that are more universal in scope.

Many of us have been correcting Jim Wright’s misrepresentations, distortions, and slanderous remarks for well over a year now. Mr. Wright has had many opportunities to receive our correction and to repent. But he has instead chosen to continue to slander and malign members of the body of Christ.

This is not a letter that any of us wished to write. However, seeing that Jim Wright has caused so much harm to the body of Christ, to our friends and to their families, we feel compelled before God to warn all followers of Jesus as Scripture states.

In Titus 3:10, Paul says,

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.”

In 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul wrote,

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

In the same spirit, Paul exhorts in Romans 16:17,

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.

Of course, “the doctrine we have learned” is love. And love always thinks the best of others and treats them the same way we wish to be treated in every situation (Matthew 7:12, also see 1 John).

Jim Wright’s History of Slandering Others & Employment of Unethical Methods

This dubious and dishonorable tactic of character assassination has been Jim Wright’s pattern with others. For instance:

* In the last church that Jim Wright was a part of, he spread slander against his pastor and staff after his attempts at getting into the church leadership were rejected. The church excommunicated Wright for the sin of slander and causing division.

* Previous to that incident, Wright was part of another church where he spread outright lies and distortions about the staff after his attempts at getting into the leadership there were also refused. Two of us spoke to these pastors and heard their sad stories. One of them said, “Jim Wright has caused a lot of trouble for some of the pastors in our community. He distorts and exaggerates.”

* There are other incidences that hit much closer to home with respect to Wright’s personal life involving his divorce, etc. Details can be found at CrossroadJunctionWatch.com in an article called “Jim Wright, Elder?”.

[One example: According to one researcher, Jim Wright’s sin is all the more serious and hypocritical because Wright’s wife divorced him due to psychological and emotional abuse. Wright slandered his ex-wife publicly and was reprimanded by a judge to cease and desist. The court conflicts between Jim Wright’s ex-wife and him are still ongoing.]

* In 2012, Wright made a big deal on his blog and Facebook page about a church “scandal.” He claimed that 6 staff members were involved in a sex scandal and that it was a “huge” case, one of the largest of its kind. This was a huge distortion of the facts. It wasn’t even a sex scandal but an employment discrimination case.

* Wright is accountable to no one.

* Since 2012, Wright has been banned from 10 Christian Facebook groups for harassing, bullying, abusing, misrepresenting, and maligning other Christians with false accusations.

* According to research, Jim Wright created fake Facebook accounts and used them to join the Facebook groups from which he has been banned: namely, Joe Ashton and Adam Bartmann.

* Wright has been misrepresenting Christian authors Frank Viola, Jon Zens and Milt Rodriguez since 2012 and in 2013 began to make false and outlandish allegations against each of the men. He has also falsely attacked Felicity Dale, Hal Miller, Bart Breen, Keith Giles, Ken Eastburn, and Christopher Kirk. Links with detailed responses to the accusations appear at the bottom of this article.

The Scripture is clear that slander is just as serious as a sin as the other works of the flesh listed in the New Testament (murder, adultery, etc.) – all of which bar one from inheriting the kingdom of God if not repented of (see Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). 

Also, to spread slander or provide a venue for it is to participate in this sin.

In the Spirit of Jesus Christ, therefore, we beseech all of God’s people to not give Jim Wright an audience for his persistent lies against members of the body of Christ. Many people have defriended him from Facebook because they are tired of being poisoned by his slander against others.

Until Jim Wright repents and willingly removes his slanderous blog posts and websites, we will leave this warning up. We also will not give him an ear to his slander nor will we engage him. We encourage you to do the same as Scripture instructs:

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.Titus 3:10

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned [love], and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.  But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Matthew 18:15-17

“There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests . . . a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16,19

“Malign no one” (NASB); “speak evil of no one” (KJV); “slander no one” (NIV). Titus 3:2

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Cor. 5:11

Witness statement by a Facebook moderator:

For the past two years, I witnessed Jim Wright viciously bite and attempt to devour the body of Christ through his blog and in every Facebook group where he was a member. His words are cutting, divisive, deliberate, demeaning and slanderous, also destructive to the peace and rest of the saints in Christ. I have been shocked by his outright hatred of the saints and his arrogant pride with which he lifts himself up by trampling down others.

Jim Wright’s caustic behavior made me shutter, so whenever a group allowed him to join, I would promptly choose to leave those groups. I also defriended him on Facebook. However, from time to time, I would check on his activities. I noticed that his hatred and slanderous public statements about some dear brothers and sisters in Christ was rapidly increasing into an extreme and serious state. Due to what I witnessed online by Mr. Wright I became greatly concerned for the body of Christ, and this is when I decided to rejoin a group to better watch his activities among the saints online …

Eventually, the slanderous attacks and outright abuse of the saints escalated far out of control, and that is when I finally witnessed that more people in the body of Christ began to rebuke and reprove Jim Wright, also Keith and Jeanne Smith. It is with a deep sigh of relief that I now see that the body has fully come together to expose these Cyber-bullies of the saints. Thus, it is my great pleasure to sign this letter in hope to protect others from Jim and his cronies. May this public sin be stopped by all the saints uniting and standing together, by the power of Christ in us, to the glory of our Father and His beloved Son who lives in us. Father’s pleasure be done!

The names of those who have signed the warning & excommunication document, including a statement of disapproval of Jim Wright’s sinful behavior by Tony and Felicity Dale, are

Jon Zens
Dotty Zens
Hal Miller
Milt Rodriguez
Mary Rodriguez
Ross Rohde
Keith Giles
Ken Eastburn
David Flowers
Jamal Jivanjee
Tim Price
Kat Huff
Christopher Kirk
David (Ransom) Backus
Stephanie Bennett
Earl Bennett
Donavan Bates
Brenda Valdez
Toby Valdez
Bart Breen
Mark Lake
David Leino
Jim Gregg
Jeanne Schlumbohm
Craig Schlumbohm
Jayne Otterson
Alan Levine
Frank Valdez
David Hoopingarner
Jean DiNatale
Lisa Miller
James Goen
Jim Wehde
Greg Carlet
Jeff Rhodes and others

Other Links:

Response to Wright’s Outrageous Smears Against Frank Viola, Jon Zens, Milt Rodriguez, the Dales, and Other Leaders

Bart Breen Exposes Jim Wright’s Sin and Deception

Jim Wright Condemns the Entire House2House Network

Teen Girls Connected with Sexual Perversion Boost Jim Wright’s Facebook Rankings

Who is Jim Wright?

Christopher Kirk warns Christians against Jim Wright

Some “Sexual Abuse Advocates” Are Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Crossroadjunction Watch Facebook Page by Bart Breen

The Moral Majority Rejects Jim Wright in the 1980s

Warning & Excommunication of Jim Wright signed by 35 respected Christian leaders