As previously reported, Savage was named by Jules Woodson as her "abuser" when he initiated a sexual encounter with Woodson, age 17 at the time, while driving her home from a church function.
Savage has issued a public statement and refused to step down from his current position as pastor of Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Woodson, on the other hand, published her graphic, point-by-point account of the incident and its aftermath, reviving the controversy and sparking debate among Christians as to Savage's fitness for pastorship.
"This incident was dealt with in Texas 20 years ago, but in the last few days has been presented to a wider audience," Savage explained in a statement given at Highpoint. "I was wrong and I accepted responsibility for my actions. I was sorry then and remain so today. Again, I sincerely ask for forgiveness from her and pray for God's continued healing for everyone involved."