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Jun 28 2012

Crouches Accused of Covering Up Granddaughter’s Rape

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Paul and Jan Crouch, owners of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. One of their granddaughters is already in court alleging massive financial fraud by the organization and now another granddaughter has filed suit claiming they covered up her rape by a TBN employee.

A granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Jan and Paul Crouch filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that she was plied with alcohol and raped by a TBN employee when she was just 13 — and that her family covered up the incident, rather than report it to authorities, to protect TBN’s reputation.

According to the complaint, Carra Crouch claims says she was 13 when Stephen Smith drugged and raped her in a hotel room while she was attending a Trinity fundraiser and telethon in Atlanta, in April 2006.

This is from the complaint:

“Ms. Crouch was distraught over what happened, and upon the advice of her mother, decided to talk with Jan and John about what happened.

“Plaintiff had a meeting with Jan in Jan’s TBN affiliate-owned mansion located in Newport Beach, CA where she told her everything that had happened. In response, Jan became furious and began screaming at Ms. Crouch, a thirteen-year-old girl, and began telling her ‘it is your fault.’ After being told by Jan Crouch that it was her fault she was raped, plaintiff approached John Casoria about the incident.

“John Casoria also became agitated at plaintiff and told her he did not believe what she was saying to be true. He elaborated by stating he further believed she was already sexually active ‘so it did not really matter’ and he ‘believed she may have propositioned him.’ Ms. Crouch, a thirteen-year-old girl, had not been sexually active and was absolutely devastated about what happened and about how John and Jan responded to her.”

The plaintiff is now 19 years old.

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  1. 1
    jamesramsey

    This is not the time for jokes or snark.

    This is just plain evil.

    Just like the Catholic church leadership, the Crouches made a conscious decision that their institution was more important than the children they are obligated to protect.

    Shame.

  2. 2
    anandine

    Hey, if it’s good enough for the pope, it’s good enough for local charlatans.

  3. 3
    d cwilson

    Have to wonder why religion attracts so many people with sociopathic personality disorder.

  4. 4
    dingojack

    “John Casoria also became agitated at plaintiff and told her he did not believe what she was saying to be true. He elaborated by stating he further believed she was already sexually active ‘so it did not really matter’ and he ‘believed she may have propositioned him”.

    What a prince!
    Even if you believe a thirteen year old girl is sexually active* and she propositions you, you don’t ply her with alcohol and rape her, numbnuts! It’s called statutory rape. Because of the power differences between the parties, because of impairment (because of the alcohol), because minors can not give consent to having sex, it’s not consensual sex but rape. How hard can it be to understand?
    Sheeh!
    Is it any wonder that RRR have such difficulty with the concept of consent, with sterling role models like this – inhuman creature?
    Dingo
    —–
    * how is this even vaguely an excuse, by the way? I think we can assume this Casoria creature is sexually active. Does he really imagine it would be fine for him to get drugged and raped by someone?

    PS: having re-read the article, the above statement I’ve quoted is what the complainant claims. Still, no doubt he’ll trot out the ‘she bangs like a dunny door’, ‘she was asking for it’ and ‘I thought she was 21, honest’ arguments.
    Let’s hope the truth wins out.

  5. 5
    Bronze Dog

    It’s always the victim’s fault, never the rapist’s. That’s rape culture in a nutshell.

  6. 6
    raven

    Looks like they have their third major sacrament down now. Hypocrisy. Fundies are good at that one.

    The Crouches have also converted tens of millions of dollars to their own use, 13 mansions, jet planes, and whatever money can buy that they want.

    It’s always amusing to see how fundie xian’s donations are spent. At least the money spent on fine wines and drugs or lawyers isn’t spent attacking science or trying to overthrow the US government.

    If any fundie xians are reading this: Check your bank balance. Send it all to the Crouches at Trinity Broadcasting Network. They need to pay a lot of lawyers right now to keep doing the gods’ work.

  7. 7
    raven

    In response, Jan became furious and began screaming at Ms. Crouch, a thirteen-year-old girl, and began telling her ‘it is your fault.’ After being told by Jan Crouch that it was her fault she was raped, plaintiff approached John Casoria about the incident.

    IMO, not much of a grandmother.

    Screaming at her 13 year old granddaughter because she had been raped.

    Most parents or grandparents would have had the rapist’s hide nailed to the wall. And gotten hold of some Plan B immediately.

    Must be a fundie xian thing. It’s just a girl, who cares.

  8. 8
    cactusren

    @ dingojack:

    There’s a line of “thought” in the religious right that only virgins can be raped. Once a woman has consented to have sex with one man, she’s essentially fair game to anyone. It’s disgusting and doesn’t make any kind of sense, but that’s fundamentalist christianity for you.

  9. 9
    dingojack

    cactusren – yes, but what they (or you and I, for that matter) think doesn’t change the actual law. Statutory rape is statutory rape.
    Hope they throw the book at him – hard.
    Dingo

  10. 10
    cactusren

    dingojack–I agree! This should be an open-and-shut case. I was just trying to explain why the grandmother would view “but you’re already sexually active” as some sort of excuse. Keep in mind, she wasn’t viewing it from a legal perspective, but simply a “who can I blame this on to hush it up so my network continues to remain pure” perspective. And of course, from that viewpoint, blaming the victim and shutting her up is the obvious (but morally reprehensible) thing to do.

  11. 11
    cactusren

    that last post should read “so my network continues to look pure”.

  12. 12
    busterggi

    Next up – the rebuttal that Cara Crouch was a 13 year old slut who seduced poor helpless Good Christian Smith into sin.

    You know its coming.

  13. 13
    dingojack

    I oh see where your coming from now.
    I my veiw the whole TBN organisation needs a good ol’ public judicial slap-down of the highest order – stat!
    If they can’t be decent out of the allegedly superior morals they claim to possess, perhaps shame will make them change their organisation culture, policies and procedures.
    Dingo

  14. 14
    d cwilson

    There’s a line of “thought” in the religious right that only virgins can be raped. Once a woman has consented to have sex with one man, she’s essentially fair game to anyone. It’s disgusting and doesn’t make any kind of sense, but that’s fundamentalist christianity for you.

    And it follows from that bit of idiocy that no woman can ever be raped twice, even by different men.

    There’s only a hair’s width of difference between the religious reich in America and the Middle Eastern groups that see rape as less of a crime and more of a tribal punishment.

  15. 15
    dcsohl

    You once gave somebody $20, so it’s fine that Bernie Madoff took your retirement savings! You were already financially active, so it doesn’t matter!

  16. 16
    dingojack

    dcsohl – You started breathing when the doc slapped your ass as a baby …
    :) Dingo

  17. 17
    marcus

    Not to mention that the act itself (not just the cover-up) is presumably within the statute of limitations for prosecution and Stephen Smith should be looking at a trial that ends in a very long term of incarceration.

  18. 18
    Area Man

    Nothing the Crouches do anymore surprises me. Everything I’ve heard or read about them suggests that they have no concern for anyone or anything beyond their immediate self-interest, and that includes family. If you told me that one of them stabbed the other over a nice antique end table, I’d just shrug and do a search for pictures of the end table.

    Sometimes, I think I’m living in a Twilight Zone episode. It’s as if an all-powerful alien came down and said, “What would you like me to do to undermine the credibility of religion?” And I answered, “Make its leaders the worst people ever! Greedy, hypocritical, uncaring, shallow… the very antithesis of the morally upright, humble, virtuous people they claim their religion makes them! And then their followers will realize they’ve been had, and organized religion will collapse and rationalism will rule!” And poof, it was done. Except the followers didn’t realize they had been had. They kept right on believing. And Rod Serling’s voice cuts in and explains what a dumbass I was for thinking that I could change people’s minds merely by proving to them that their leaders are complete frauds.

  19. 19
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Raven #7:

    Sure, I agree not much of a grandmother. I agree on how things should have been handled.

    But I disagree that we know how most grandmothers would respond. There are a huge number of unreported rapes every year, but most of those were actually mentioned to someone – usually the person trusted most. There’s very little study that shows what is the typical response of those “friendly ears”.

  20. 20
    cycleninja

    This has instantly gone from an amusing infight to a disgusting criminal one. I hope they pay harshly.

  21. 21
    Pinky

    Sacrifices on the alter of greed.

    Give til your family starves – see: Jan Crouch in “Send in Your Grocery Money”.

  22. 22
    dingojack

    Puts me in mind of:

    Luke 16:11-13
    11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?
    12 And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, the true riches]?
    13 No servant is able to serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches, or anything in which you trust and on which you rely).
    Amplified Bible

    Not that these modern-day Pharisees have ever read of it of course.

    :/ Dingo

  23. 23
    billyeager

    @18 That is one hell of a disturbing Twilight Zone episode. I can just imagine the final pull-back shot as Area Man staggers around, screaming into the faces of the assembled congregation, “Why are you still supporting these scumbags! The light has been shone on them for the nasty pieces of work that they really are. Stop handing them your money! What is wrong with youuuuuuuuuuu!” [fade to black - end credits]

    Good job it’s only a story, people are smarter than that, right? Right?

  24. 24
    dingojack

    ‘… perhaps the truth is – monsters are already on Maple Street’.
    [Twilight Zone theme music]
    Dingo

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