ATLANTA — An investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against Ravi Zacharias found credible evidence that the prominent Christian leader was involved in several incidents of unwanted touching, sexting, spiritual abuse and rape.
The international board of Alpharetta-based Ravi Zacharias International Ministries hired the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC to look into the allegations following complaints made in late August 2020, that Zacharias had engaged in sexual misconduct and abuse tied to two day spas.
Zacharias' work took him all over the world spreading the Gospel.
The investigation included a review of his electronic devices and found evidence of text- and email-based relationships with women as well as more than 200 "selfie"-style photographs of women.
Zacharias, head of a global ministry and a bestselling author, died last May at his home in metro Atlanta following a battle with cancer. He was 74.
His memorial service was attended by former Vice President Mike Pence and athlete and author Tim Tebow.
"We are devastated by what the investigation has shown and are filled with sorrow for the women who were hurt by this terrible abuse," according to a statement by the international board of RZIM, which Zacharias founded.
The organization said it is taking steps to address such complaints and to help the abuse survivors. The scope of the investigation did not extend to the ministry's finances.
The women told their stories on the condition of anonymity.
"To be victimized by unwanted sexual contact, advances, and behavior is horrendous," the statement read. "It is diametrically opposed to everything we believe about the value and dignity of every single person. We believe not only the women who made their allegations public but also additional women who had not previously made public allegations against Ravi but whose identities and stories were uncovered during the investigation."