Southern Baptists Release List of Alleged Sex Abusers – The New York Times
The Southern Baptist Convention published a list of hundreds of ministers and other church workers it said were “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. The list was an initial, but important step towards addressing the scourge of sexual abuse.
A Southern Baptist investigation report said that national leaders suppressed claims of sexual abuse and resisted reforms over two decades. It also said that leaders kept a secret list of reported abusers but did nothing to remove them from ministry.
The largest Protestant denomination in the country maintained a secret list of donors for more than a decade.
This list includes the names of alleged sexual abusers in the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the year the claim was reported, the state where it took place and a short description of the accusations against them.
A delegate at the 2007 annual convention proposed a database for clergy and staff involved in sexual harassment or abuse. The committee’s own general counsel recommended that the website link to such a database.
The Southern Baptist Executive Committee released a list of alleged sexual abusers on Thursday. The list includes names of survivors and sources, but does not include all alleged sexual abusers.
The denomination announced a hotline for abuse victims and others to report abuse within the organization.
To find out more about these allegations, utilize any of the news outlets listed below:
- Southern Baptists Release List of Alleged Sex Abusers The New York Times
- Southern Baptist leaders release sex abuser database they kept secret for years The Washington Post
- Southern Baptist Convention releases alleged abusers list for churches to ‘proactively’ protect the vulnerable Fox News
- ‘Gut-wrenching.’ Kentucky’s Southern Baptists reeling from sexual abuse report Lexington Herald Leader
- Opinion: Jesus weeps. Southern Baptist report recommendations don’t go far enough. Houston Chronicle
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