Was Kurt W. Sturtevant Named in Southern Baptist List of Abusers?
Kurt W. Sturtevant, a member of the Pleasant Street Baptist Church in Mechanic Falls, ME, was sentenced to seven years in prison for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl. He is a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
SBC Executive Committee Response To Report
According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of scary new specifics relating to particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively disapproved abuse avoidance and change for decades.
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by high-level congregation leaders from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Additionally, it disclosed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to avoid them from understanding the prevalent sexual wrongdoing.
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A Story of Overlooked Misconduct In Churches
The report alleges that a principal “SBC” official was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly accused of abusing a woman during a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed 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 motivated known abusers.
One victim described being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. During a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”
Responsibility in the Baptist Church
Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.” He hopes this report will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their sexual abuse.
The report asserts that a major Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual abuse just one month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as prominent SBC leaders who helped in covering and also encouraged believed abusers.
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