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Was Salvador Mata Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

After being accused of assaulting four third-grade girls, Salvador Mata, a school teacher and Sunday school teacher at Terrell’s First Baptist Church in Texas, pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of continuous sexual abuse and one count of aggravated sexual assault. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for continuous sexual assault and 60 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault. After 30 years, he will be eligible for parole.

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Southern Baptist Convention Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document consists of horrible brand-new information concerning particular abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively disapproved abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or even criticized by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it uncovered these leaders often deceived their very own members to prevent them from understanding the flagrant sexual abuses.

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A Record of Ignored Abuse

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

One victim detailed being treated with animosity as she claimed she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. During a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, 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, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He desires this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those liable for their misconduct.

The report claims that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after completing 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 former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged thought sexual abusers.

He wishes this report will bring about much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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