South Baptists: Decades of Sexual Abuse

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(SAN ANTONIO) — Hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, including dozens who returned to church duties, according to a joint investigation by two newspapers.

The San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that their six-month investigation found about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and workers who were accused of sexual misconduct since 1998, leaving more than 700 victims. Some were as young as 3 years old while others were adults when they were abused, the newspapers reported.

About 220 offenders — among them pastors, ministers, Sunday school teachers, deacons and church volunteers — have been convicted or have taken plea deals, with dozens of cases still pending. Nearly 100 are still in prison, according to state and federal records. Dozens of others made plea deals and served no time. More than 100 are registered sex offenders, and some have returned to the pulpit. At least 35 church pastors, employees and volunteers who exhibited predatory behavior were still able to find jobs at churches.

This is step one in the investigation.


People were asking on the other posts why just Catholics.. it's not.

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d_gw

I was just watching an interview with Rebecca Traister, who wrote the book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.

One of the things she discussed was the paradox of white women's support of the patriarchal hierarchy because they perceive that they benefit from it. But, they ignore the abuse and inequalities.

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GOD

I can't imagine what the benefit is, unless it's being married to someone in power

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I posted the previous thread on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and I thank you, God, for this additional information about the same problem in the S. Baptist church and thus rounding out the picture.

However, I'd like to point out that my post did not suggest that only the Catholic Church had this problem. I merely asked Catholic posters what they thought about the news.

Wherever it happens, it is terrible news, but I will suggest that it is even more offensive to most people if it happens in environments that are assumed to protect and nourish children--such as churches ("suffer the children to come unto me . . .") or daycare centers or their own homes!

Sometimes when I look at sexual predator stats, I begin to think that humans are hopelessly corrupt! Sickening!

Sunlight is the start of a "cure"--"secrets" encourage more abuse!

Kate

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GOD

Ah, Kate, it wasn't you I was referring to.. I took a look back at that thread, and those posts are now missing.

I wonder why this post isn't a big hit? More abuse, but the trump supporters aren't commenting

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Stan Areted

I hope they ferret out every one of them, regardless of who the abusers are, where they work. I hope if guilty they are convicted and put away.

That includes churches, schools, government, homes, organizations (boy scouts anyone?) AND the general population that doesn't have any association with churches, schools, governent, homes, organizations.

EVERYONE of them.

In addition to Southern Baptists, Catholic priests and others, here's a few to illustrate that harming children is an equal opportunity activity:


"Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after a fifth man publicly accused the Democrat of molesting him as a child.

But Murray isn’t alone. At least 11 then-current and former mayors have been accused of child sex abuse-related crimes since 2016. The allegations range from child porn to physical abuse. The alleged victims were as young as four years old.

Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson resigned earlier this month after being arrested on child porn charges. Nelson has a decades-long history of alleged sexual misconduct involving teenagers and children. The child porn charges marked the fifth such accusation against Nelson, the Times Union reported, including allegations of rape and sodomy.

Nelson was never convicted for the previous alleged abuses, which allegedly included inappropriate behavior with a five year old in 1982 on the school bus that Nelson was driving at the time.

Nelson is the father of Patrick Nelson, a Democratic 2018 congressional candidate who served as one of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Just last week, 78-year-old Dale Kenyon, former mayor of Clayton, New York was indicted on charges of sexually abusing a teenager over the course of three years. (RELATED: De Blasio Staffer, Rising Democrat, Caught With Child Porn)

Dwayne Schutt, 61-year old mayor of Randolph, Nebraska, was arrested in July on multiple child sexual assault charges, KTIV reported. Police say Schutt repeatedly sexually abused a minor over a period of four years, beginning when the victim was 13-years-old.

Schutt, whose trial is ongoing, remains Randolph’s mayor today.

Former Ohio mayor Richard Keenan, a Democrat, was handed a life sentence in April 2017 after he pled guilty to repeatedly raping a four-year-old girl, WFMJ reported.

Keenan, who was first indicted in August 2016, will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years. He claimed during the trial that the four-year-old was a “willing participant.”

Anthony Silva, then-mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested last August on charges that he provided teens with alcohol at a camp for underprivileged youth that he ran before recording them playing strip poker, the AP reported.

Silva, who claimed he accidentally recorded the strip poker game after interrupting it, pled no contest to the lesser charge of providing alcohol to a minor. He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service. Silva, a Republican, was later accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the camp in a case that is ongoing.

Kenneth Lewis Barrett, then-mayor of Winston, Oregon, was one of four men arrested on March 19 as part of a sex sting, KPIC reported. Authorities say the four men believed they were meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex. Barrett was carrying a concealed handgun when he showed up to the meet, police say.

The trial of a Georgia man last year convicted of molesting and raping an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl took a dark twist when the girl said that Christopher Wright, then a Georgia mayor, had also raped her and forced her to perform oral sex on him, KTOC reported.

Wright, who was first elected mayor as a Democrat in 2012 at the age of 22, was indicted in June 2016, WALB reported. Wright pled no contest to child sex abuse and rape in January 2017 but was let off without a prison sentence. He was sentenced to 20 years probation — during which time he can’t seek public office — and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Former Rockdale, Texas mayor Darral Gene Walker was indicted in June 2016 on charges of sexual misconduct. “A copy of the indictment said Walker engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years of age by touching the boy’s genitals,” TDTNews reported. “Walker admitted that the events happened at his home in Rockdale, but said it was for purely educational reasons, not for sexual gratification.”

Walker pled guilty to a lesser assault charge in August 2016 after striking a deal with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid registering as a sex offender.

Former Millbrook, New York mayor Donald H. Briggs was indicted on felony charges in December 2016, in relation to “alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a person younger than 17,” according to local news reports." Daily Caller Sept 2017


Evil is pervasive.

It is free will, we all have free will.

Some choose to use it to gratify themselves at the expense of innocent children, often perpetuating the cycle of abuse and ruining lives.

How to stop it?

You can't stop evil.



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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

There is a subset of persons wielding power in institutions who are prone to abuse and exploit their position -- this is a given. My question involves those who protect the predators, stifle investigations, and seek to silence the victims, all in the mistaken belief that the institution must be protected while ignoring the cancer within. The enablers are a large part of the problem, and should suffer punishment as much as the actual offenders.

The problem of abuse of power extends beyond organized religion -- although the hypocrisy is stunning and gut wrenching when occurring among supposed moral leaders. Police departments offer another example of institutions prone to tolerate and cover up abuses.

I have no idea why abuse and predators are allowed to continue within organizations, but I do know that it's wrong.

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Last night I was reading of Catholic nuns in India taking a stand against an abusive prelate. More power to those nuns.

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MissMyGardens

nancy_in_venice "The enablers are a large part of the problem, and should suffer punishment as much as the actual offenders."

The people who cover these things up are worse in my mind. Any organization, worshipers and/or local law enforcement are responsible for removing offenders from any position they hold, reporting to police immediately and providing the protection and treatment victims deserve.

Anything, anything less is piling on more abuse and ignoring the responsibility every person has to protect others from abusers and predators.

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d_gw

I definitely agree there are enablers but I also think some of it goes unnoticed because of naivete. I recently sat with my college girlfriends and we talked about college memories of people and incidents that were related to sexual abuse.

More than once a story shared set off a belated light bulb in my head. It was because I was raised in a very sheltered environment. For many years my I was incapable of making the mental leap from noticing odd behavior to suspecting abuse because it just wasn't part of my experiences.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Forgot to add: Also read last night of harassment and a cover-up in the California Air National Guard. The abuser, a male supervisor, and higher ups, also males, have all received promotions.

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GOD

nancy -could you link?

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GOD

I agree with the comments about those who are suppose to be protecting us.

Here, we have a police officer who was fired because he manipulated a woman with dementia into making a new will that left almost everything to him. (He shopped for a lawyer willing to make the new will)

He was fired, the union protected him, and he has an "undisclosed" settlement of over 1 million dollars from the city for the loss of his job.

He should be prison.


These Southern Baptist ministers have sexually assaulted minors and threatened retaliation if they or their families speak up.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

And its not just California. A quick google search brought up all sorts of articles on harassment in the military dating back to 2012. More current ones included Wisconsin and Vermont.

Here's one:

"Senator Seeks Air National Guard Sexual Misconduct Probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin has asked Air Force investigators to look into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit that were brushed aside by senior officers, according to a member of the unit.

[. . .]

Baldwin made the request after receiving a letter from Jay Ellis, a master sergeant in the security squadron. Ellis wrote that he learned of six incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault against female members of the squadron that happened between 2002 and 2016, and that high-ranking officers have done little to address them.

"There's a culture in our unit ... (that) sexual misconduct, depending on who does it, it's no big deal," Ellis told The Associated Press during a recent interview.

Sexual assaults have plagued the U.S. military for years. In fiscal year 2017 alone the four branches received 5,864 reports from military members who said they had been sexually assaulted sometime during their service, up 10 percent from 2016, according to Department of Defense data.

[. . . ]

Maj. Penny Ripperger, a spokeswoman for the 115th Fighter Wing, said Thursday that as far as she knew, AFOSI investigators had not reached out to anyone on the division's leadership team regarding Ellis' allegations.

Asked if a culture of sexual harassment or assault exists within the wing, she said such behavior isn't tolerated and that allegations are taken seriously. Airmen receive frequent training on sexual assault and harassment that includes how to report incidents confidentially, she said.

[. . .]

One of the women described her ordeal during a recent interview with the AP. She spoke on condition of anonymity. The AP typically doesn't identify alleged sexual assault victims without their permission.

The woman said she and a friend were sexually assaulted by superior officers in the security unit during a 2002 party at Silver Flag Alpha Range, a training base outside Las Vegas, as the unit was preparing to deploy to Iraq. She said she didn't file a formal complaint because she feared retaliation, but that she did report the assault to her fire team commander, Pat Konz.

Konz, who was then a technical sergeant but who has since retired from the Air National Guard, told the AP that he documented the woman's claims in his personal notes, which the woman supplied the AP. Konz said he passed on the allegations to a senior master sergeant in the security unit, but it only resulted in the woman being harassed during the deployment."

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2019-01-08/senator-seeks-air-national-guard-sexual-misconduct-probe

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More information at that link.

Kate

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MissMyGardens

"harassment and a cover-up in the California Air National Guard. The
abuser, a male supervisor, and higher ups, also males, have all received
promotions."

I read about this yesterday. Not only do they get away without any discipline but they get promotions. Disgusting is disgusting and trying to intimidate and shame a subordinate corrupts from the outside.

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MissMyGardens

[Konz said he passed on the allegations to a senior master sergeant in
the security unit, but it only resulted in the woman being harassed
during the deployment."]

And that's exactly why so many are hesitant if not afraid to report harassment, assaults and rapes. They have to deploy with these people and they feel like they always have to watch their own backs. And it's not just women...males are being sexually abused and raped in the military. Imagine them trying to get anyone to listen to them let alone act on their reports.

No, it's not everyone and I know service people who don't act in these ways but when someone is serving our country the last thing we should stand for is abuse while they're doing it.

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blfenton

....all in the mistaken belief that the institution must be protected while ignoring the cancer .... - nancy_in_venice

They don't just believe that the institution must be protected. They are so sure of the rightness of the institution in its existence that for them there is no other way of thinking.

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MissMyGardens

GOD, I think of Mel Brooks' History of the World Part 1 often. The "15...plunk...no, 10 commandments" still gets me but that's part of my sense of humor.

Four paragraphs to say nothing unless cait1 is participating in some perverse study.

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