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Sex Abuse Crisis Within the SBC and SBC Executive Committee Response

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report contains horrifying new details regarding specific abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively opposed abuse prevention and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent third-party investigation that found that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or even blamed by high-ranking church officials from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million members. Additionally, it revealed these leaders often lied to their own members to prevent them from being aware of the rampant sexual misconduct.

Update: On May 27, 2022 Southern Baptist Convention Releases List of Southern Baptist Abusers

On Friday, May 27, 2022, just before the memorial day weekend holiday, the Southern Baptist Convention made good on its promise to release the internal list of names of known abusers to the public. This comes in the wake of the bombshell report a few days earlier that outlined details of rampant abuse within the congregation, and the great efforts made to cover up and limit the liability and exposure of the Convention.

The lawyers at Justice Guardians and the network of Abuse Guardians will cover each name listed in the report on this site. We have also set up a Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Helpline for anyone that feels they would like to speak with a lawyer that represents survivors of sexual abuse, and has experience in litigating against the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline


Southern Baptist List Of Names Of Sexual Predators

A History of Ignored Abuse Revealed in SBC Investigation Report

For nearly two decades, victims who were sexually abused attempted to contact the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention about the pastors and church employees. Almost all of these reported incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were actually charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept. However, survivors’ cries for justice went unheeded as leaders from churches and organizations tried to protect themselves rather than those who have been victimized by sexual assault.

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a woman during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged suspected abusers.

One victim described being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in several states. During 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.”

Southern Baptist Convention News: Accountability in the Baptist Church

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

Seeking Justice For Chuch Sex Abuse Survivors

Laurence Banville sat down with Brian Kent, an experienced sexual abuse attorney that filed a new sexual abuse lawsuit against the Southern Baptist Convention last week. They discussed how survivors could seek justice.

Laurence: Who is liable for keeping the church congregation safe from dangers like sexual abuse?

Brian: The church has a legal responsibility to ensure its congregation is safe from preventable dangers, including sexual abuse. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse within churches across the country and throughout all denominations. Knowing this, the church has an obligation to implement safety measures to prevent it from occurring. These could include background checks but, more importantly, properly following up when misconduct is reported. If the church officials fail to follow the safety procedures or are accused of withholding information, they can be deemed negligent and held liable in a civil lawsuit.

Laurence: What can victims do to get justice?

Brian: In many cases, victims and their families may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the church or church officials. If the church failed to look out for the well-being of its members, it could be considered negligent. Speaking to an experienced church sexual abuse attorney may help victims and their families determine their best legal actions.


Washington Post

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