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Abuse allegations arise at PBI

    Last week, allegations of abuse at Prairie Bible Institute (PBI) became known to the media after a survivor came forward with her story.
    PBI in Three Hills was established in 1922 and is now facing allegations dating back several years.
    The Calgary Herald reported that Linda Fossen, 53, a former student filed a complaint with the RCMP alleging years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, a former employee of the school. She attended her class reunion in 2006 and came forward with her story of abuse, and found that she was not alone.
    She published a book on her experience and says she has since heard stories from about 80 former students.
    On November 15, Mark Maxwell, president of PBI issued a statement on the institution’s web site. It says the school will cooperate with the RCMP.
    “To the extent of our information, the incidents in question date back several decades, and the individuals purportedly involved are no longer at Prairie. Nevertheless, we feel it is appropriate to respond and to emphasize our commitment to seeking truth and transparency,” states the letter.
    The institution has selected a board member to be the point of contact of the school for individuals who feel they have been abused by a Prairie staff member while enrolled at the school, and prefer not to take the allegation to the police.
    “The board recognizes the seriousness of any potential allegations and would desire to achieve healing and reconciliation,” states the letter.


First appearance on aggravated assault charges

    Edwin Lively, charged with aggravated assault, made his first appearance in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, November 18.
 Lively was charged following a stabbing that occurred on November 6 in the downtown core.
    He made his first appearance via closed circuit television. He reserved his election and has been ordered released, however he has not come up with sufficient funds.
    His next scheduled appearance is on Friday, December 9.


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