American Atheists President David Silverman has been fired from his position at one of America’s largest secular organizations after sexual misconduct allegations against him came to light.
“The board of directors has reviewed internal documents and communications related to the initial complaint as well as evidence relating to the additional allegations brought to the board’s attention. Today’s announcement is based on these findings, and the board intends to cooperate with any future investigations,” wrote Neal Cary, chair of the American Atheists Board of Directors.
“American Atheists is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is safe and welcoming to all. Based on the allegations made, and the evidence presented, the Board believes it is prudent and necessary to reaffirm that commitment and move forward with new leadership,” it added.
Nick Fish, national program director of American Atheists, confirmed in a conversation with Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog that there were two separate sexual misconduct allegations against Silverman dating back to 2012 and 2015.
An article by BuzzFeed News on Friday expanded that those cases included an incident at the end of the 2015 American Atheists’ Convention in Memphis, Tennessee.
A woman, identified only by the initial “R,” says that Silverman flirted with her throughout the evening. At one point, the now-former American Atheists’ president asked her to join him in smoking marijuana on the roof, but before they could leave the room, she says that he forced himself on her.
“He physically pressed me to the wall and began to kiss me forcefully, grabbed my breasts, and put his hand into my leggings …,” the woman wrote in her complaint.
Another sexual assault allegation involved an undergraduate student attending the annual Secular Student Alliance convention in Columbus, Ohio, in 2012. The student, Rose St. Clair, says that she was invited to go to a bar with speakers from the conference, including Silverman.
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Source: Christian Post