Investigation exposes hundreds of convicted predators within the Southern Baptist church

11 Février, 2019, 20:34 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Rape survivor and abuse victim advocate Mary De Muth spoke during a rally outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas last June

An investigation by two Texas newspapers has exposed that roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, with 220 predators convicted or accepting plea deals. The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found that 380 people-everyone from ministers to youth pastors to Sunday school teachers to church volunteers-have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1998. Reporters spent months compiling the information by scouring sex offender registries, prison records, court documents, and cross-checking news stories.

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"They left behind more than 700 victims, many of them shunned by their churches, left to themselves to rebuild their lives". Several past presidents and prominent Southern Baptist Convention were among those that victims criticized for concealing or mishandling abuse complaints within their churches or seminaries.

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