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Southern Baptist Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal

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Introduction

In May, the Southern Baptist Convention unveiled a 300-page clergy sexual abuse report that demonstrated multiple injured victims from clergy members of the Southern Baptist Church.[1]

The Abuse 

According to the Texas Observer, the Southern Baptist Convention held just last month revealed a clergy sexual abuse scandal that left “An epidemic of violence in broken lives.”[2]

This came from an investigative report[3] published just recently. The report indicated that there were rampant clergy sexual abuse allegations and claims for a significant period of time inside the Southern Baptist Church, which is the largest denomination in the south.

The Tennessean helped unveil the publication and revealed that it had a report that showed a history of abuse from the church where, “Southern Baptist Convention leaders perpetuated a cycle of abuse for two decades by ignoring reports of sexual abuse and dismissing recommendations for reform, enabling a culture that retraumatized survivors, investigators found in a historic report released Sunday.”[4]

Among the allegations was a credible allegation of a sexual assault by the former Southern Baptist Convention president, Johnny Hunt, which was unveiled, “a month after his term ended in 2010 and how high-ranking staff maintained a list with hundreds of names of ministers accused of sexual misconduct but did nothing with it.”[5].

Michael Brady Lynch Firm Contact

The cover-up has prompted litigation in many states. If you or a loved one have been abused by someone from the Southern Baptist church, or if you have knowledge of a person’s sexual abuse by a clergy member, please give us a call here at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970. Alternatively, you can email us at brandon@mblynchfirm.com.

Date: June 10, 2022

Author: Brandon Salter, Esq.

[1] https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2022/05/22/southern-baptist-convention-sbc-sexual-abuse-report-released-details-new-allegations-inaction/9826256002/

[2] https://www.texasobserver.org/southern-baptists-face-up-to-sexual-abuse/

[3] https://www.sataskforce.net/updates/guidepost-solutions-report-of-the-independent-investigation

[4] https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2022/05/22/southern-baptist-convention-sbc-sexual-abuse-report-released-details-new-allegations-inaction/9826256002/

[5] https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2022/05/22/southern-baptist-convention-sbc-sexual-abuse-report-released-details-new-allegations-inaction/9826256002/

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