Wow: Nearly 400 Southern Baptist Leaders Sexually Abused Over 700 Victims Says Explosive New Report
People Demand More Accountability From The Church For These Horrible Acts
The Southern Baptist Convention, the second largest religion group within the U.S., is beneath main warmth after a surprising report detailed sexual abuse circumstances courting again to 1998.
The circumstances had been lined by the Houston Chronicle and San Antoinio Express-News with round 380 Southern Baptist pastors, ministers, youth pastors, Sunday college lecturers, deacons and church volunteers being accused of sexual misconduct since 1998. More than 200 of them have been convicted or took plea offers, whereas practically 100 of them are at present in prisons throughout the nation.
Unfortunately, greater than 700 victims had been left within the aftermath, in keeping with the three-part investigation. These included youngsters and youngsters, some as younger as three, who had been “molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.”
Many victims stated their tales of abuse had been largely ignored or silenced by church leaders. One sufferer, who accused her pastor of raping and impregnating her when she was a teen, stated church leaders even urged her to get an abortion. When she wouldn’t comply, she stated they threatened her and her child.
Dozens of pastors, workers and volunteers had been reportedly capable of proceed working within the Southern Baptist church buildings regardless of the sexual abuse allegations.
Now that the Chronicle and the Express-News have grabbed folks’s consideration, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention promised to crack down on abuse within the church and to offer a safe area for victims to return ahead.
In a number of tweets on Sudnay, SBC’s president J.D. Greear stated he was “broken” by the tales of rampant sexual abuse, and he vowed to “pursue every possible avenue” to “stopping predators in our midst.”
“We — leaders in the SBC — should have listened to the warnings of those who tried to call attention to this. I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again.”