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Was Carlton Hammonds Named in Southern Baptist List of Abusers?

Former Willows Baptist Church minister Carlton F. Hammonds was found guilty on three felony counts of performing lewd acts on teenage girls who attended his church school. He was also found guilty of bothering or molesting a girl under the age of 18.

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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 document includes horrible new specifics regarding certain abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively fought abuse avoidance and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that uncovered that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, or even blamed by upper-level church leaders from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it showed these leaders typically lied to their own members to prevent them from understanding the rampant sexual abuses.

Click to read more about the Southern Baptist Convention Report

A Record of Dismissed Mishandling

For almost 2 decades, survivors who were sexually assaulted attempted to get in touch with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention about the pastors and church employees. Almost all of these reported incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it uncertain the number of perpetrators were really charged. According to the document, a super secret list was kept. Survivors’ cries for justice went unheeded as leaders from companies and churches tried to protect themselves rather than those who have actually been taken advantage of by sexual assault.

The report alleges that a major Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just 1 month after completing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s objectives arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a woman at a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering up for and even motivated alleged abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, intimidation, coverup, and retaliation.” He desires this report will deliver much-needed change and hold those liable for their actions.

The report claims that a leading Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual assault just 1 month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renoun SBC leaders who aided in protecting and also motivated thought abusers.

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