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Jennifer Schwirzer, LPC
 1103 Cromwell Rd.Wyndmoor, PA 19038 jennifer@jenniferjill.org
To Whom it May Concern, October, 14, 2011As a volunteer for 
The Hope of Survivors,
a ministry dedicated to prevention of clergy sexual misconduct, and a private practice, licensed professional counselor, I took itupon myself to correspond with Nandipa (pseudonym), the young woman with whomSamuel Pipim had a “moral failure” which led to his resignation. It is our belief that Dr.Pipim is not presenting this event in an accurate light. We have worked with Nandipa todevelop this statement, which we believe reveals that Dr. Pipim actually violated thisyoung woman, taking advantage of both his position of authority and her vulnerability.This is Nandipa’s story:
Likesomany,Nandipasufferedsometrialsanddifficultiesbeforeherconversionat19yearsofage,whichleftherwithwoundsthatdidn’tdisappearrightaway.Someofthewoundsevencausedhertodoubtherconversion.InJanuaryof2011,Dr.PipimcametoBotswanaforaseriesoflectures.Nandipaparticipatedinorganizingtheevent.Wednesday,January19
th
,afterDr.Pipim’seveninglecture,Nandipaaskedifcouldspeakwithhim.Shetoldhimofherproblem.Hesaidhedidn’twanttorushherthroughthediscussionandinvitedhertohishotelroom.Friday,January21
st 
,shewenttovisitwithhiminhishotelroomafterthemorningsession.Whenshegotthereshegavehimafullerexplanationofherproblem.Thiswasthefirsttimeshe’dsharedherdeeppersonalsecretswithanyone.HeconsoledherbyreadingsomeScriptureandsittingnexttoher.Helaterhuggedher,butthehugwasprolongedandshenoticedthathewassexuallyaroused.Shewassoshockedbythisthatshetoldherselfthatitwasimaginary.Hethenpersuadedhertositonhislapwherehecontinuedsensualtouching.Hecarriedhertohisbed,wherehemadeherliedown.Hesaidhewantedhertostaybuthadanothercouplecomingforcounseling.Shewasrelievedthatshecouldthenleave.Heaskedhertocomebackthatafternoon,butshedeclined.Hethensuggestedthatshesleepover.Shedeclinedthisalso.Nandipaleftthehotelroomconfused,blamingherselfforDr.Pipim’ssexualadvances.Thisisatypicalbehaviorofabusevictims.Thatnightheconversedwithheragain,mentioningasermonfromthepreviousweek,whichshe’dmissed.HeurgedhercomebacktohishotelroomtogettheCDofthesermon.ObviouslyhecouldhavebroughthertheCD.
Thenextday,Sabbath,January22
nd
,shesuggestedthatshegetthesermonCDfromhishotelroomduringthelunchbreak.Thisbecameimpossibleduetodelays.AftertheeveningsessionhetoldthechaplainofBotswanaUniversitythathewantedhertocomegettheCDathishotelroom.Thechaplainagreed.Dr.PipimthentoldNandipathechaplainwouldbecomingtopickuptheCD,soshewent,assumingshe’dbereturningwiththechaplain.Butwhentheyarrived,hesecretly
 
toldthechaplainthatshecouldreturnhomebycab.Inthiswayhesecuredalonetimewithher.Onceinthehotelroom,heofferedfoodandashower,whichshedeclined.Heofferedherat-shirttosleepin,butshedeclinedthisalso.Shefeltobligatedtostay,anddriftedofftosleep.Hecametoheraftersometimeandbegantoviolateher.Shereasonedwithhim,questioninghimastowhetheritwasasinagainstGodandagainsthiswife.Thiswasherattempttostophim,givensheknewhecouldoverpowerherphysically.Itdidn’twork.Inspiteofherprotestsandappealsheremovedherclothesandsexuallyviolatedherwhilethetearsstreameddownherface.Afterthisheremorselesslydiscussedhercareeropportunities.Asshelefthegaveherseveralofhisbooksandaonehundreddollarbill.Forseveralmonthsafterwardhecontinuedtocommunicatewithher,claimingtoloveherasafather.Theymadeplansforfuturevisits.Shefeltasifshehadfoundthefathersheneverhad.Eventually,however,Nandipabegantorealizeshe’dbeenviolatedratherthanfathered.SherefusedhisoffertocometoGYCinDecemberathisexpense.AfterhearingoneofNicoleParker’ssermonsonaudioverse,shecontactedNicoleP.,whoreferredhertoTheHopeofSurvivorsministry.Shehassincecorrespondedwithseveralvolunteersthroughthatministry,myselfincluded.Iwanttoquicklysummarizewhatyou’vejustread.
 
Astruggling21-year-oldfemalesoughtouta54-year-oldAdventistministerforhelpwithunresolvedtraumaandpost-traumaticstresssyndromesymptoms.
 
ThisyoungwomanwasluredintothisAdventistminister’shotelroomforcounsel,wherehemadesexualadvancesandbecamenoticeablyaroused.
 
ThenextdaythesameAdventistminister,usinghis“fatherly”concernand“spiritual”authority,connedthisyoungwomanintoreturningtothehotelroomwhereshewouldagainbetrappedwithhim.
 
Duringthattimeinthehotelroom,thisAdventistministersexuallyviolatedthisweeping,protesting(albeitweakly)youngwoman,whowasemotionallyparalyzedandpsychologicallyoverpoweredbyhim.
 
Afterviolatingher,hegaveherseveralofhisspiritualbooksandonehundreddollars.
 
ThisAdventistministercontinuedadistancerelationshipwiththisyoungwoman,claimingfatherlyaffectionforherforseveralmonths.HeofferedtopayherexpensestocometotheUS,whichshedeclinedbecauseoftheabuse.

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