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New sexual abuse allegations involving a minor against former leader of one of Canada's biggest evangelical churches

by Kelly Valencia

The Meeting House church in Oakville, Canada has revealed it has "substantiated" additional sexual abuse allegations against its former leader, Bruxy Cavey. 

In June, Cavey was charged with one account of sexual abuse following the results of an internal investigation. 

It revealed the former leader had maintained an "extended" extramarital sexual affair with a member of the congregation and said Cavey's conduct "amounted to sexual harassment" and "constituted an abuse of Bruxy's power and authority". 

However, at the time of the first investigation's results, the church announced another two investigations were being conducted as further allegations of sexual abuse against him and former pastor Tim Day, had been made. 

On Saturday, in a statement video, Bruce Miller and Nour Aziz, members of the church's Board of Overseers, shared the results of the latter investigations.
"In this second investigation, two sets of claims of sexual abuse by a church leader have been substantiated, in a third, his actions have been found to be substantiated as sexual misconduct. In one case, the victim was underage when the abuse took place."

The third investigation looked into allegations made against Tim Day - it also substantiated the sexual abuse allegation against him. 

The video continued: "We also acknowledge the courage of those who stepped forward. We are grateful for their bravery, and willingness to be vulnerable. As church leadership, we humbly and profoundly apologize to them for the pain they experienced at the hands of The Meeting House pastors whom they - and we - trusted."

Miller and Aziz also announced the church has adopted a clear definition of what constitutes sexual abuse by a church leader.

"The term 'sexual abuse by a church leader' refers to any sexualized behaviour that occurs within the church context and where one party has more power than the other. The perpetrator can be anyone in a leadership position, either paid or volunteer. It could be a pastor, Christian counselor, youth leader, deacon or Sunday School teacher."

The pair said it was important for the church to adopt a clear definition so they can use language "consistently and appropriately". 

Cavey was put on leave when the first allegation came to light in early 2021 and resigned in March 2022 following the results of the investigation. 

In March this year, he published a blog post admitting to his wrongdoing.  

"I am deeply sorry," he said. 

"I wish I had had the courage years ago to divulge what has now become publicly known through the bravery of the woman I was involved with. 

"Although I had repented before God, I kept it a secret from others. I am sorry upon sorry for my cowardice. I realize that repentance without confession is only partial and prevents healing and authentic relationship in the light of truth." 

He continued: "Lastly, it goes without saying, but I will say it anyway - my failure is not a failure of the presence, power, or teaching of Jesus, but an example of the pain someone like me can cause when I ignore his presence and fail to follow his teaching. 

"I am grateful for your prayers as I recommit to Jesus and hope to personally experience his restoration and renewal." 

Cavey has not made any public comments since. 

The Meeting House held a town hall on Sunday to discuss the latest updates on the allegations and their plans on how to move forward. 

A "victim advocacy" page has been set up to encourage "anyone who thinks they may have experienced sexual misconduct or abuse by a pastor, staff member, or lay leader" to contact the church confidentially.

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