Selective Focus, Selective Outrage in Abuse Coverage – Andy Savage Vs. Clayton Jennings
Among other blogs and news sources, I am referencing these blog posts at The Wartburg Watch blog (I don’t want to link to the posts themselves, as they will create ping backs, and I don’t want to create ping backs):
Post 1. Dated Jan 5, 2018, title:
I Thought He Was Taking Me for Ice Cream: One Woman’s #MeToo Story of Molestation By Her Former Youth Pastor, Andy Savage
Post 2. Dated Jan 8, 2018, title:
More Developments As Well As the Drop the Mic Moments in the Andy Savage/Highpoint Memphis #metoo Situation
This story of Andy Savage and Jules has been covered in national papers and on national television, such as by CBS News.
The story got started on TWW and on the Watchkeep blog.
I want to make it very, very clear I am not criticizing abuse survivor blogs or secular news stations or Twitterverse for calling out pastor Andy Savage for his sexual assault of Jules. I think it is good and right that this story receive attention.
One thing I find puzzling is that the cases of alleged abuse by evangelist to youth, Clayton Jennings, did not receive any where near the attention as did the abuse story of Jules by Andy Savage.
Andy Savage is a carbon copy of Clayton Jennings.
Jennings is KNOWN to have more than one alleged victim. (Though I believe Jenning’s father denied in one interview that there is more than one – but there is more than one, the women gave statements about their experiences with Jennings.)
(Edit: I added the word alleged in there for legal purposes – I don’t think they are “alleged” victims, I believe them to be actual victims based on the news stories I’ve seen about Jennings and their statements to blogs.)
At this point, we only know of one victim of Savage’s. Savage swears up and down in his publicly released apology that Jules was his first and only victim, but I am betting there are more – but at this point, Jules is the one and only confirmed victim we have on record.
Around fall or winter of 2016, Christian blog “Polemics Report” did an expose of Clayton Jennings.
After Jennings’s first woman victim came forward (via that Polemics Report blog), several more did so.
The Polemics Report blog then went on to do several follow-up posts on those victims, and what, if any accountability Jennings was facing.
Jennings is a 20- or 30- something guy who is a celebrity Christian who makes a living peddling Christian related material online, and I think he’s written and sold books to Christians.
In addition, Jennings apparently has his own site where he sells Christian- themed t-shirts (unless that site coincidentally belongs to a different Clayton Jennings – is there more than one Jennings?). The URL of Jennings’s t-shirt and accessory selling site even contains the phrase “Shop Clayton Jennings” in it.
Jennings apparently owns this company: Premiere Productions, and I can see at the bottom of the home page, that site has content from 2018.
Here are some articles about Jennings, most dating from 2016, some may be from 2017:
The Christian Post:
From Charisma site, 2016:
Christian News, from 2016:
Snippets from the Christian News site:
A self-described evangelist, author and poet who rose to celebrity status for his hip-hop styled poetic messages, model-like photographs and numerous selfies has had his ministerial credentials revoked after confessing to sexual indiscretions. The admission occurred as a number of women have recently come forward citing that both promises of marriage and spiritual abuse played a role in them being lured into sexual sin.
Clayton Jennings, who had been in the midst of promoting Tim Tebow’s new book “Shaken,” released a spoken word confession online on Nov. 13, which as of press time has obtained over 190,000 views.
“I never claimed to be perfect and I never said I was sinless. Presenting you with a fake facade of greatness is never why I got in this,” he says in the video. “I want you to know this: I’ve sinned—a lot.”
…Six women have come forward thus far to state that Jennings had manipulated them into sexual behavior, the majority of which are in notable professions.
Polemics Report blog:
Also from Polemics Report blog:
-That post is a guest post written by one of Jennings’s victims.
The poor lady, about mid-way through the article, partially blames herself for Jennings’s behavior, saying “I know it takes two to tango, but I was naive (etc etc)…”
No, no, no. Naive or not, you were NOT to blame in any way, shape, or form.
Idiot scum wads such as Jennings make it more of a point to prey on the naive, shy, scared, etc, types, which actually makes him, in my opinion, even MORE to blame in your situation, in a sense, than had he picked on a woman with normal boundaries and a healthy level of self esteem.
Most of those exposes you see on Jennings were written in fall or winter of 2016.
A google of his name showed this in 2017:
I’m assuming it’s the same Jennings. I don’t know how common the name “Clayton Jennings” is.
Why or how is it that Clayton Jennings is still making a career off Jesus Christ, in spite of the fact that sites such as Polemics Report have outed him as a sexual predator? And why are the usual survivor abuse blogs not covering this guy?
I agree and believe that Andy Savage needed to be outed and be held accountable, but Jennings is just as bad, if not worse than Andy Savage, and yet, I am not seeing even one-tenth of the outrage against Jennings that I’ve seen in the last two or three days against Savage.
Savage lost a speaking gig, a book deal, etc, but Jennings is still plugging along, making a profit off Christian related enterprises. Why is that? Why is everyone going after Savage but not after Jennings?
I guess I don’t expect abuse survivor blogs to go after each and every Christian who preys on other people – there would not be enough time in the day for them to do so, because there are so many examples (just go to Google News some time or the main Google search page and look up phrases such as “Youth Minister Arrested Sex Abuse” or some such, and you will get many results of different such stories).
I cannot comprehend how one sexual predator gets an avalanche of attention for his crimes and sins (which he totally deserves, don’t misunderstand me), but a clone of this guy gets about zero attention.
The first sexual predator gets book deals and the like cancelled within days, but not the second. Why?
As far as I can tell, Jennings only lost something called a ministerial license, but, if these other sites are his – the shirt site, the Christian production site – the guy is still making a career off selling Christianity, which is wrong.
Why do some blogs or secular media or people on Twitter focus on one sexual abuser but not another?
I think Clayton Jennings is just as bad as, if not worse than, Andy Savage, but Jennings got away with his behavior (and probably is still abusing women).
I mentioned Jennings at least three times in the two different blog posts at TWW blog, with links to news stories or blog exposes from 2016 about him, but last I was on that blog yesterday late afternoon, not a single person said a peep about Jennings. It went un-remarked upon, which I find kind of unsettling.
I think it’s great that social media users, TWW readers, and secular news are bringing public awareness to the Andy Savage story, but why is everyone so quiet about Clayton Jennings, and his several victims?
I’m not sure the ages of all the alleged victims of Jennings – I don’t know if there were any under-age teens, or if all or most of them were 20-somethings.
Savage’s victim, Jules, was age 17 at the time of the sexual abuse.
I’m not sure if it’s the age of the victims that is causing the difference in blog and social media coverage, or what it is.
I find it so strange that there is a huge pile-on in regards to Andy Savage (and rightly so, he exploited and abused his victim), but there is next to nothing being said or done in regards to Jennings. Jennings is still in the “making a buck off Jesus” business to this day.