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Was William Allen Richardson II Listed in SBC Abuse Database?

William Allen Richardson II was a volunteer associate youth pastor and choir director at Seffner, Florida’s First Baptist Church of Mango. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Richardson sexually abused a girl when she was 9 years old and sexually battered her when she was 11 years old during Sunday school. According to records, he is a registered sex offender in Florida for a conviction of using the internet to lure a child for sex and was sentenced to 18 months in state prison in 2014.

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Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document contains horrifying new specifics concerning specific abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse prevention and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party examination that revealed that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, and even denounced by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. In addition, it disclosed these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to prevent them from understanding the prevalent sexual misbehavior.

Continue reading more about the Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

A Story of Dismissed Abuse

For nearly twenty years, victims who were sexually abused tried to contact the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention concerning the pastors and congregation employees. Just about all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the SOL, making it uncertain just how many abusers were actually indicted. According to the document, an in-house list was kept. Abuse victims’ cries for accountability went unheeded as officials from organizations and churches attempted to safeguard themselves rather than those who have been victimized by sexual abuse.

The report asserts that a senior Convention official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a well-known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly accused of abusing a fellow congregant during a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering for and even motivated suspected abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

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

The report alleges that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who helped in protecting and even motivated thought abusers.

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