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Was Tommy Gene Daniels Listed In SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Tommy Gene Daniels, pastor of Rio Linda’s First Baptist Church, was sentenced to 158 years in prison in 2012. He was found guilty of 11 counts of child molesting of girls aged 5 to 13 at a child-care facility in his Citrus Heights home between 2002 and 2007.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of terrible new details relating to particular abuse instances and clarify how denominational officials actively fought abuse prevention and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were typically ignored, forgotten, or even admonished by high-ranking church leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Moreover, it showed these leaders typically lied to their own members to keep them from being aware of the flagrant sexual assaults.

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A History of Dismissed Misconduct

For almost twenty years, survivors who were sexually abused tried to get in touch with the administration of the “SBC” with regards to the priests and church workers. Nearly all of these revealed incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear the number of sexual abusers were really incriminated. According to the document, a secret list was kept. Abuse survivors’ cries for fair treatment went overlooked as officials from churches and organizations attempted to shield themselves rather than those who have been preyed on by sexual abuse.

The report stated that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault only one month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering for and even encouraged believed abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

The document asserts that a leading Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual abuse only 1 month after finishing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even encouraged believed sexual abusers.

He wishes this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their actions.

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