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Was James Crawn Named in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

James E. Crawn, a former pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Idaville, IN, and Crossroads of Life Church in Monticello, IL, pled guilty in 2015 to assaulting two teenagers over a ten-year period. When he was supposed to be counseling one of the boys, he had him do sexual acts at a church, and the second youngster reported molestation at Crawn’s house. For abusing two teenagers, he faces a 22-year jail sentence as a credit time-restricted criminal, which means he’ll serve more than 18 years in prison.
He will be a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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Southern Baptist Convention List Of Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file consists of horrifying brand-new details relating to particular abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or even blamed by high-ranking congregation administrators from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it uncovered these leaders frequently lied to their own members to keep them from being aware of the widespread sexual misconduct.

Read more on the Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers

A History of Disregarded Misconduct

For almost twenty years, survivors who were sexually abused attempted to speak with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention regarding the priests and church staff members. Nearly all of these revealed incidents fell outside of the SOL, making it unclear exactly how many abusers were really indicted. According to the document, an in-house record was kept. Nevertheless, abuse victims’ shouts for fair treatment went unheeded as leaders from organizations and churches tried to shield themselves rather than those who have been taken advantage of by sexual assault.

The report stated that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse merely 1 calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in covering up for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

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 trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He desires this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their horrific actions.

The report alleges that a principal Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even motivated presumed abusers.

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