Southern Baptists accused of cover-up of sexual abuse accusations

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The Southern Baptist Executive Committee may have been involved in efforts to cover-up sexual abuse allegations for over 20 years. And according to a just-released report, the committee was more concerned with avoiding liability than about the abuse victims.

The report issued May 22nd by Guideposts Solutions Investigations was commissioned by the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force (SATF). And gave details of a seven-month investigation.

The lengthy report “named-names” of potential abusers and executive staff involved in elaborate campaigns to escape any SBC liability. And described some specific allegations, as well as the responses of key Southern Baptist leaders between Jan. 1, 2000, through June 14, 2021.

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The Allegations

The report claimed that:

“For almost two decades, survivors of abuse and other concerned Southern Baptists have been contacting the Southern Baptist Convention (“SBC”) Executive Committee (“EC”) to report child molesters and other abusers who were in the pulpit or employed as church staff. They made phone calls, mailed letters, sent emails, appeared at SBC and EC meetings, held rallies, and contacted the press…only to be met, time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility from some within the EC. “