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REGARDINGDR.SAMUELKORANTENG-PIPIM
TotheAnnArborSeventh-dayAdventistChurchBoardMembers(meetingonMay21,2012)[thiswasupdatedonJune7,2012]:ThefollowinginformationisonlyabriefsummaryofwhatIlearnedrecently(inApril2012)whileIwasinBotswana,Africa,afterspendinghourslisteningtoandtalkingwithon-sighttrustworthyAdventistsinvolvedon-the-groundwiththistragicsituation–includingtheChurchElderwhoassisted;thefourthpersoninthevehiclewithDr.Pipim,andwiththe21-year-oldgirlwithwhomDr.Pipimhadimmoralsexualrelations.I,aswellassomeofthesededicatedAdventists,also
listened 
tothephonerecordingswhichtheyounggirlmadewhenDr.Pipimcalledher–clearly,thisyounggirlwasnotinagreementwithwhatDr.Pipimdidtoher.OntherecordingstheyounggirlquestionsDr.Pipimaboutvariousaspects,andhestrugglestoexplainhimself,orignoresherquestion.So,itwaswithgreatsadnessthatIheardthefollowingaccountofaclearcaseofclergysexualabuse/misconductthattranspiredthereinBotswanainJanuary2011.And,sinceseriousmisinformationhascontinuedtocirculateregardingthismatter,andsinceIamveryconcernedaboutthephysical,emotionalandspiritualwelfareofothers(especiallyyoungpeople),Iamcompelledtoletyou,myfellowAdventists,knowthefollowinginformation(sothatappropriateactionmaybetakenforallconcerned):1.
 
JANUARY
2011
.Inmid-January2011Dr.SamuelKoranteng-PipimwasthespeakerforaBibleLectureSeries(i.e.,likeaWeekofPrayer)attheUniversityofBotswana,inGaborone.Inadditiontospeaking/preaching,Dr.Pipimprovidedcounselforthoserequestingsuch.Priortothesemeetings,theorganizershadarrangedforaprivatemeetingroomoncampusrightnearthevenue,sothatDr.Pipimcouldcounselstudentsthere;andsothattheycouldmonitorthecounseling.However,Dr.Pipimrefusedtousethisroom–claimingthatstudentsdidn’talwaysshowup;sohedemandedthattheyarrangeforahotelwheretherewasasuiteandinternetaccess–thishotelendedupbeingabout15-20minutesaway.So,theorganizersarrangedforataxitobeatDr.Pipim’sdisposal.2.
 
FRIDAY.
OnJanuary21,2011this20-year-oldfemalestudent,whowasactivelyinvolvedinorganizingandleadingoutatthosemeetingsbyDr.Pipim,cametohimforhelpwithadeeplypersonalproblem.Theymetinhishotellobbythat
Friday 
wherehecounseledher.
Shewassatisfiedthatallcounselingwascomplete.
3.
 
ThenlaterFridayevening,Dr.Pipimcametotheyoungladyagainandconversedwithher,andmentionedasermonofhisfromthepreviousweek–whichshehadmissedbecauseofavisitingrelative.Dr.PipimurgedhertocomebacktohishoteltogetthatCD.(
ObviouslyDr.PipimcouldhavebroughthertheCDonSabbathmorning–but,hedidnot).
4.
 
SABBATH
.OnJanuary22,afterDr.PipimendedhisBibleLectureSeriesonSaturdaynight,Dr.Pipimaskedtheyoungladytocomebacktohishotel,accompaniedbythisAdventistadult,topickuptheCDofDr.Pipim,whichhesaidhewantedhertohave.ThisAdventistadultfeltthatthisrequestseemedratherstrangesinceDr.Pipimhadhimselfaskedtohaveameetingthenextmorning(Sunday)withchurchofficersandalltheorganizers(includingthisyounglady)–whenDr.PipimcouldhaveeasilygivenhertheCDinperson.Nevertheless,trustingthewell-knownspeaker,thisAdventistadultdroveDr.Pipimandtheyoungladytothehotel–
onlytopickuptheCD
,and
not 
forcounseling.
[ThisAdventistadultconfirmedtomethathetookthisyoungladytoDr.Pipim’shotelonlytopickuptheCD,and
not 
forcounseling].
5.
 
FullyexpectingthatDr.PipimwouldgivetheCDtotheyounglady,andthenimmediatelysendherbacktocampuswiththetaxi(whichwasatDr.Pipim’sconstantdisposal)thisAdventistadultleftthemandwenttodropoffanotherstudentathome.SoDr.Pipimtookthisyoungladytohishotelsuite,wheresheexpectedtopickuptheCD,andthengohomerightawaybytaxi.However,oncethere,Dr.Pipimbegantoengageinsomedisturbingactions:HedelayedgivinghertheCD,andaskedherifshewantedtotakeashower.Aftersherefused,hethentookashower.Then,postponinggivingherthatCDevenlonger,hetoldhertorestinhisbedroomwhilehepackedhisbagsforthetriphomethefollowingafternoon.TotallyexhaustedfromthemeetingsandthenalongSabbath,shefellasleepfullyclothed,stillpatientlywaitingforthatCD.6.
 
SABBATH/SUNDAY
.Laterthatnight,startled,sheawoketofindDr.Pipimtouchingherinappropriately.Heignoredherpleastostop,andemotionallyandpsychologicallyoverpoweringher,
heforcedhimselfonhersexually(intercourse),whichwas
against 
herwishes
.Sheaskedhimifitwasn’tasinagainstGodandagainsthiswife.Butithadnoeffect.Shelaytherewithtear-stainedface,inshockforhours,andthendriftedofftosleep–onlytobeawokenearly,and
againDr.Pipimforcedhimselfonhersexually(intercourse),whichagainwasagainstherwishes.
7.
 
BeforeDr.Pipimhadherleavehishotelroom,hegavehersomeofhisbooksandCDs–includingtheCDwhichshehadgonetopickupinthefirstplace.Then
hehandedherUS$100
whichmadeherfeellikeaprostitute.Andthen,
before
daylight 
,hesentherawaybeforepeoplewouldnoticeherleavingthehotel.8.
 
Despiteengaginginthisshockingbehavior,justafewhourslaterDr.Pipimshoweduptoleadoutattheorganizationalmeetingwhichhehadarranged,sotheycouldreflectonhisBibleLectureSeries.AtthisSundaymorningmeetingwerechurchofficials,theAdventistadult(whohaddriventhemtothehotel)andtheyoungpeoplewhohelpedtoorganizeandleadout–includingthevictim.
YetDr.Pipimactedasthoughhehaddone
nothing
wrongatall,andshowednooutwardsignsofremorse
.Andtheyounglady,stillinastateofshock(andblamingherself,asmanyvictimsdo)remainedquiet.9.
 
Achurcheldersoonnoticedthattheyoungladyhadgonethrougharadicalpersonalitychangeovernight,literally.Thisfriendly,outgoing,sweetpersonhadbecomesullen,quietandwithdrawn.Thiselderkepttryingtoencourageher,butsherefusedtotalk.Inthemeantime,Dr.Pipimsentthevictimmanyemails(includingphotosofhimself)inwhichhenowcontinuedtospirituallyandemotionallyabuseher.Heclaimedthatshewas“oneofthemainreasonstheLordsentme”totheUniversityofBotswana(emailof4Feb2011);andthathewasher“admirer”(Feb2011),aswellasher“daddy”(asperatranscribedcallfromBerlin,Germany).10.
 
Eventually,thevictimopeneduptotheconcernedchurchelderandtoldhimwhatDr.Pipimhaddone.Shockedbythisrevelation,whichexplainedtheradicalchangeinher,heurgedhertotalktoapastor;butsheimmediately“freakedout”replyingvehementlythatshe
never 
wantedtotalktoanotherpastoragain(becauseofwhatDr.Pipimhaddonetoher)!

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