A state solicitor says his office will look into how Bob Jones University handled sexual abuse reports from students to determine if any state laws were broken.
The investigation announced by Solicitor Walt Wilkins last week stems from a report issued by an independent group that looked into how the Evangelical Christian college handled alleged cases of rape, assault, or abuse. The report theorized that strict teachings on sexual purity by school leaders and probing questions by counselors led many victims to feel ostracized and guilty when they sought help. The report also noted that school leaders more often than not discouraged victims from going to law enforcement.
The Greenville News reports Wilkins was looking into the report to see if Bob Jones violated state reporting laws or obstructed justice through its actions. Wilkins said he will meet with the Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller on Monday to determine how to proceed.
Wilkins also hopes anyone who wants to prosecute abuse will contact his office.