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Was Mark Anderson On The SBC Investigation Report?

In September 2015, Mark Anderson, a bishop at the Second Baptist Church in Brawley, California, was sentenced for the sexual abuse of female minors. This was for engaging in sex crimes and inappropriate communications with two separate minors. He was arrested in Los Angeles in 2016 after El Centro police issued a warrant for his connection to engaging in lewd acts with a female minor and persuading the minor to participate in the production of child pornography, or engage in sexual acts. He pled guilty and was to register as a sex offender.

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Was Mark Anderson Listed In SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of terrible brand-new information concerning particular abuse occurrences and clarifies how denominational officials actively opposed abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that uncovered that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-ranking congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it revealed these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to stop them from being aware of the prevalent sexual assaults.

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A Story of Dismissed Misconduct in the Southern Baptist Convention

Practically all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, a secret list of predators was kept.

The report alleges that a major Southern Baptist Convention official was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a woman at a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report additionally identifies three prior 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 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 numerous Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

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Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.”

The document asserts that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely one month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative division as prominent SBC leaders who aided in protecting and actually encouraged thought sexual predators.

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