Bishop TD Jakes sent a letter to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the abuse experienced by Juanita Bynum at the hands of Thomas Weeks. Below is an excerpt:
“As I have watched the events surrounding ministers Juanita Bynum and Thomas Weeks, whom I have known for many years, I, like most, am concerned and saddened.
My wife, Serita, and I, as well as the entire Potter’s House family, are deeply concerned and have expressed that concern through personal contact the moment we were made aware. Those most familiar with our ministry know that I have been a longtime advocate and tireless fighter against domestic violence.
However pained we all may be, perhaps this is a teaching opportunity to awaken us to the fact that thousands of women are beaten and many killed by someone who says they love them. I have personally lost many women in my city, some in my church and several in my family to this heinous problem.
The statistics for women who are abused in this country today by “intimates” — a husband, boyfriend or someone they are intimately close to – are staggering.”
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