Liberty University students meet for prayer rally, call for investigation into sexual abuse cases

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


One of the largest Christian universities in the country, Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, has come under fire in recent days as roughly 50 former students and staff claimed the school covered up reports of sexual abuse.

On Thursday, students and staff are gathering on campus to hold a prayer rally and bring attention to the need for transparency. Reports indicate the rally will include a plea for the university to allow an independent investigation into the abuse coverup.

The rally will feature a speech by Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who was one of the earliest known survivors of sexual abuse under now-convicted U.S. women’s gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Dustin Whal, a leader in Liberty’s alumni association, said of the choice to have Denhollander speak, “We feel that someone of Rachael’s caliber will be listened to.”

It is unclear if the university will allow the rally to proceed, since it will include members who are not students at the university. Under disgraced former president Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty did not allow prayer rallies on campus that would condemn actions of the school, as this one clearly would.