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Was Howard Key Chambers Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation?

On a federal child sex offense involving a 14-year-old girl, Howard Key Chambers, a former music minister at DeHaven Baptist Church in La Grange, KY, pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. In 2014, Howard Key Chambers agreed to a plea deal and received the maximum sentence possible for the crime. Chambers was part of a wider case involving Christopher Kosicki, a former community softball coach who is currently serving a 50-year sentence for selling children for sex acts on Craigslist.

When Chambers arrived at Kosicki’s house, he met the small child, he informed detectives. He admitted to detectives that the 10-year-old girl had performed sex acts on him, and he returned six or eight times between 2013 and August 2014.

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SBC Investigation Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrible brand-new information relating to particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse prevention and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party investigation that revealed that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, or even denounced by high-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. Additionally, it revealed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to keep them from being aware of the flagrant sexual abuses.

Click to read more on the SBC Investigation Report

A Past of Overlooked Misconduct

For nearly 20 years, survivors who were sexually abused attempted to speak with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention in relation to the pastors and church employees. According to the report, an in-house record was kept. Abuse survivors’ cries for fair treatment went overlooked as officials from companies and churches attempted to shield themselves rather than those who have actually been victimized by sexual assault.

The report claims that a principal Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault only 1 month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who helped in covering up for and even motivated suspected abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse no more than one month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and actually motivated thought sexual predators.

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

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