A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Jake Pape’s Use of Religion to Rape, Lie and Manipulate

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Brian Baker, JD
First Assistant District Attorney
Jessica Escue, JD
Assistant District Attorney

In 2017, Jacob Pape seemed to be a model of a Christian man at Texas A&M University. His leadership roles in the Christian fraternity Brothers Under Christ, as well as his service as a Bible study leader and Christian counselor, all masked a predator who used religion to control and coerce women into what they believed were trusting relationships. Pape then abused that trust by sexually assaulting and manipulating his victims into silence. 

This presentation will tell the story of how faith, the Bible, and religion were used to lay the groundwork for abuse by Pape. The presenters will document how Pape’s abuse came to light, obstacles that were overcome in the investigation into the sexual assaults, and how prosecutors successfully sought justice for the survivors. The presenters will provide concrete steps for investigators and advocates in understanding and uncovering abuse in churches and religious organizations, as well as practical steps for prosecutors in educating juries on survivor behavior and presenting a complex sexual assault case.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the background and complexity of abuse and reporting abuse inside churches and religious organizations.
  • Identify concrete steps that must be taken in delayed outcry sexual assault investigations.
  • Select jurors that will be most sympathetic and empathetic to the abuse survivors and their situations.
  • Implement better practices in the presentation of a complex sexual assault case.

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