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12/16/2009

Exodus: Corduroy ties are finally out of fashion

by Jeremy Hooper

Patrick McAlvey's testimony has been circulating since August, so you may have already seen it:

This week Patrick's back in the news, thanks to Truth Wins Out's commitment to following through on the story:

Truth Wins Out (TWO) revealed today that the nation’s largest “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, officially cut ties with its Lansing affiliate Corduroy Stone after charges were made by an ex-gay survivor that the sessions included harmful and bizarre therapy. In August, Patrick McAlvey made the charges against Corduroy Stone’s Mike Jones in a Truth Wins Out video, yet it took Exodus until December to take action. Exodus’ dithering in the face of scandal cost precious time and may have placed additional youth in harm’s way, according to Truth Wins Out.

“For decades Exodus International has lent this predator some level of credibility,” ex-gay survivor Patrick McAlvey told Truth Wins Out. “Now they have finally realized how dangerous he is, but how many vulnerable folks have already been victimized because of Exodus’ support of this man?”

“Shame on Exodus International for dragging its feet when our children were at risk,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “Exodus was more interested in covering up the scandal than fixing it. This case shows that ex-gay programs lack standards and place vulnerable people in harms way.”

Exodus Dithered While Scandal Raged, Placing Youth at Risk, Says Truth Wins Out [TWO]

This is one corduroy we're thrilled to see taken to the cleaners!

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