DHS: Church Has Not Sought Review of Abuse Policy

Sep 28, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than a week after a Tulsa church promised to ask Oklahoma's Department of Human Services to review how it handles child abuse allegations, DHS says it has yet to hear from the ministry.

Victory Christian Center made the pledge last week, after five workers were charged for not quickly reporting the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl on the church's campus.

Officials at the 17,000-member church had said they'd ask DHS to review church policies about handling such allegations and help them "provide a comprehensive training program" for employees and volunteers.

A church spokesman said late Thursday the church left voicemails for a DHS employee Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, a DHS spokeswoman said a check with DHS staffers who could have spoken to church officials turned up nothing.