Top Southern Baptist leaders minimized sexual abuse claims, ‘ignored or even vilified’ victims to protect abusers: report

Top Southern Baptist leaders minimized sexual abuse claims, ‘ignored or even vilified’ victims to protect abusers: report

May 23, 2022 by New York Daily News

Key Facts

  • Top leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention mishandled sexual abuse claims, while ignoring — or even vilifying — victims to protect abusers, an explosive new report released Sunday has found.
  • The report is the conclusion of a seven-month investigation by Guidepost Solutions, an independent company that was contracted by SBC’s executive committee.
  • It was released just a few weeks before SBC’s annual gathering, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif.
  • According to the 288-page report, victims of abuse tried contacting the executive committee for nearly two decades to report child molesters and other instances of abuse involving individuals who were “in the pulpit or employed as church staff.”

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