Kanakuk Kamps leadership is accused of lying to cover up years of sexual abuse. Holly Thompson from Nashville WSMV reports that children attending one of the United States’ largest Christian camps, Kanakuk Kamps suffered years of sexual abuse that could have been prevented. She writes, “The family claims the camp’s leadership is guilty of lies and negligence, covering up when they knew about the abuse…and believe they should be held accountable”.
Logan Yandell, now 27 years old, is coming forward with his story with his family’s support. Yandell begin attending Kanakuk in Branson, Missouri, at age 7.
“He was our little boy that we sent to camp to have fun and have a spiritual mentor and have wonderful experiences,” said Christa Yandell, Logan’s mother. “It was just honestly the worst mistake we could have ever made as parents was to send him to that camp,” Holly writes.
She goes onto say that Logan remembers the trust that Pete Newman, the face of Kanakuk Kamps, built with him before molesting him. “He worked for years to groom me into trusting him enough to get into this place where he could, ya know, molest me,” Logan told Holly.
Holly says that in June of 2010, Pete Newman pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexually abusing boys. He is now serving two life sentences, plus 30 years, but that the story doesn’t end there for the Yandells.
Logan Yandell’s parents are now coming forward to say that the years of abuse that their son endured, and the scars that follow him through his life could have been prevented had the camps leadership not neglected to address what was happening to their son and covered ut up with lies. The family believes that the camp’s leadership knew about the abuse and believes that they should be held accountable.
Read more about Logan’s story at Kait8, Family of abuse victim wants answers from Kanakuk Kamps leadership.
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