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Was Trevor Jacob Fortner Listed in SBC Abuse Report?

Trevor Jacob Fortner, a former youth minister at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Levelland, Texas, also worked in publications and graphics at First Baptist Church Lubbock. In Lubbock, he pleaded guilty to attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor, who was a police officer posing as a 15-year-old girl.
He was sentenced to 48 months in prison and will serve three years of probation after his release.

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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 document includes terrible new information concerning certain abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively fought abuse avoidance and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent third-party examination that found that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, or even admonished by high-level congregation authorities from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it uncovered these leaders often lied to their very own members to stop them from knowing the flagrant sexual misconduct.

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Southern Baptist: A History of Dismissed Abuse

The report claims that a principal “SBC” leader was credibly accused of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year term 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 implicated of assaulting a fellow congregant during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even motivated alleged abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she alleged 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 Executive Committee “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 branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report shows a trend of stonewalling, intimidation, retaliation, and coverup.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed reform and hold those liable for their actions.

The document asserts that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse just one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering and even encouraging believed abusers.

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

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