Jun 2, 2022
Southern Baptist Church leaders have released a once-secret list containing hundreds of pastors and church workers who have been accused of sexual abuse, according to an NBC News report.
The 205-page Southern Baptist list includes hundreds of entries from alleged cases dating back to 2000 and up to 2019. The release of the list comes in the wake of a damning 288-page investigative report detailing repeated inaction on the part of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee members despite countless allegations of sexual abuse over multiple decades.
“The probe found that the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee had mishandled abuse claims and stonewalled survivors. The investigation was requested by the executive committee after it faced growing pressure for an external probe into abuse allegations,” NBC News reported.
The New York Times reported that the list of accused sex abusers “does not represent a complete tally of Southern Baptist offenders.” However, Gene Besen, interim counsel for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, reportedly said that the list was released as quickly as possible in an effort to support survivors.
“Promptly releasing that list is in our best interest, it’s important, it is of immediate concern to the public and to the survivor community, and we need to do it right away,” Besen told the committee.
A statement published on the Southern Baptist Church’s website noted that the list was being released “for the first time as an initial, but important, step towards addressing the scourge of sexual abuse.”
“Each entry in this list reminds us of the devastation and destruction brought about by sexual abuse,” the statement said.
“Our prayer is that the survivors of these heinous acts find hope and healing, and that churches will utilize this list proactively to protect and care for the most vulnerable among us,” the statement added.
A hotline maintained by Guidepost Solutions, the consulting firm that conducted the investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse against the Southern Baptist Church, has been opened for survivors or their loved ones to report allegations.
Survivors may access resources through Guidepost via 202-864-5578 or SBChotline@guidepostsolutions.com.
The firm told NBC News that callers will be provided with support options and connected with advocates.
The full list containing 703 names of accused Southern Baptist pastors and church workers is available here.
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