17 Jun, 2022

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Report Update

Posted by : ZeroRisk Cases Marketing

On May 15, 2022, the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee published a response to the sexual abuse allegations that had been made against “child molesters and other abusers who were in the pulpit or employed as church staff.” The 288-page report of the investigation, commissioned by the SBC and its former general counsel and conducted by a third party – Guidepost Solutions LLC – details the nearly two decades of abuse suffered by survivors that was suppressed and denied by the SBC, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination that counts 14 million members and 47,000 congregations.  According to the report that describes actions of the Executive Committee (EC) members between 1/1/2000 and 6/14/2021 in response to abuse allegations:

Our investigation revealed that, for many years, a few senior EC leaders, along with outside counsel, largely controlled the EC’s response to these reports of abuse. They closely guarded information about abuse allegations and lawsuits, which were not shared with EC Trustees, and were singularly focused on avoiding liability for the SBC to the exclusion of other considerations. In service of this goal, survivors and others who reported abuse were ignored, disbelieved, or met with the constant refrain that the SBC could take no action due to its polity regarding church autonomy – even if it meant that convicted molesters continued in ministry with no notice or warning to their current church or congregation.

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