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Was Dale “Dickie” Amyx Named in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Dale “Dickie” Amyx, pastor of the Bolivar Baptist Church in Sanger, TX, was accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 14-year-old female. The Amyx acknowledged paternity and stated that he “paid child support for nine years.” The case was settled out of court, and the settlement included a public apology and admission of guilt.

He had previously been accused of sexual abuse by a 14-year-old girl in 1974. He was convicted of giving alcohol to a minor in 1967.

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Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrible brand-new details relating to particular abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse avoidance and reform for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed an extensive and independent third-party investigation that uncovered that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, and even blamed by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it exposed these leaders often deceived their own members to keep them from being aware of the widespread sexual abuses.

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A Record of Ignored Misconduct

Practically all of these disclosed incidents occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept.

The report stated that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering up for and even encouraged believed abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, retaliation, coverup, and intimidation.” He anticipates this document will bring much-needed reform and hold those liable for their misconduct.

The report asserts that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering and also motivated thought sexual abusers.

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