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Was Demetrius Allen Listed in the SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

In August 2011, Demetrius Allen, a 28-year-old California youth pastor was charged with sex offenses against young girls in his congregation as well as possessing child pornography. Allen worked as an assistant youth pastor at Venice’s First Baptist Church. Allen has been charged with ten counts of child molestation, one offense of sexually contacting a juvenile, and one count of possessing child pornography.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrifying new information concerning specific abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively disapproved abuse prevention and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent third-party investigation that uncovered that abusers were typically ignored, forgotten, and even criticized by high-level congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million members. Moreover, it disclosed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to stop them from knowing the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A Story of Dismissed Abuse

For nearly 20 years, victims who were sexually assaulted tried to contact the administration of the “SBC” with regards to the pastors and church staff members. Just about all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the SOL, making it unclear the number of perpetrators were actually incriminated. According to the document, an internal list was kept. Nevertheless, abuse victims’ cries for justice went unnoticed as leaders from churches and organizations tried to shield themselves instead of those who have actually been victimized by sexual abuse.

The report states that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault only one calendar month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as well-known SBC leaders who helped in covering and even encouraged suspected abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in a number of states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the SBC

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The Report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He hopes this document will deliver much-needed reform and hold those responsible for their horrific actions.

He desires this report will bring about much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their actions.

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