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Was Anthony Lynn Thibodeaux Listed in Southern Baptist Abuse Database?

In 2013, Anthony Lynn Thibodeaux, pastor of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church in Fairfield, TX, was convicted of sexual assault on a child and two counts of indecency with a child through contact. In Texas, he was sentenced to ten years in prison.

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Southern Baptist Convention Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes horrifying new details concerning certain abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse avoidance and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, or even criticized by upper-level congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million people. Additionally, it disclosed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to keep them from being aware of the unchecked sexual assaults.

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A Record of Ignored Mishandling

For nearly twenty years, survivors who were sexually abused tried to contact the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention with regards to the pastors and congregation employees. Almost all of these disclosed occurrences fell beyond the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain the number of sexual abusers were actually indicted. According to the document, an in-house record was kept. Nevertheless, victims’ cries for fair treatment went ignored as leaders from organizations and churches attempted to protect themselves instead of those who have actually been victimized by sexual assault.

The report declares that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse only 1 calendar month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the SBC, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renowned SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even encouraged thought abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The Report shows a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He desires this report will deliver much-needed change and hold those accountable for their sexual abuse.

The report claims that a principal Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only one month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even encouraged presumed abusers.

He desires this report will be the catalyst for much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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