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Was Joe Barron Included on the SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Joe Barron, a Prestonwood Baptist Church minister, was arrested in 2008 for soliciting sex from a police officer acting as a 13-year-old. In Texas, he was charged with four charges of solicitation of a juvenile, and in Louisiana, he was charged with two counts of computer solicitation for sex.
In 2009, he was found guilty in Texas.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

Southern Baptist List Of Names

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file consists of scary new specifics relating to specific abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively fought abuse prevention and change for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were typically disregarded, forgotten, or even condemned by high-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Furthermore, it uncovered these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to keep them from understanding the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A Record of Overlooked Abuse in the Church

For nearly two decades, survivors who were sexually abused sought to reach out to the administration of the “SBC” regarding the ministers and church employees. Nearly all of these disclosed incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain the number of perpetrators was in fact indicted.

The report asserts that a key Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just 1 month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of abusing a lady during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering up for and even encouraged suspected abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in several Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Baptist Church

The report claims that a principal Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as notable SBC leaders who helped in protecting and actually motivated believed sexual abusers.

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