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Was Aaron D. West Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Aaron D. West, a former minister at Faith Baptist Church in Lawtey, Bradford County, FL, was convicted of sexually abusing multiple children from 2002 to 2006. In Florida, he is a convicted sex offender.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes terrible new information relating to certain abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively resisted abuse avoidance and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed an extensive and independent 3rd party investigation that uncovered that abusers were typically neglected, forgotten, or perhaps admonished by upper-level congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million people. Additionally, it disclosed these leaders typically deceived their very own members to stop them from being aware of the flagrant sexual misconduct.

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A Record of Overlooked Misconduct

Nearly all of these disclosed occurrences occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were in fact charged. According to the report, an in-house list of abusers was kept.

One victim recounted being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The sensational report shows a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He hopes this document will bring much-needed change and hold those responsible for their actions.

The report asserts that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse merely 1 month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who helped in protecting and also motivated believed sexual predators.

He wishes this report will bring about much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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