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Was James Gordon McLees Listed in the SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

James Gordon McLees, a longtime Boy Scouts leader and volunteer religion teacher at the Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, CO, was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. He is a registered sex offender in Denver, CO.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

List of Southern Baptist Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of scary new specifics relating to certain abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively fought abuse prevention and reform for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently disregarded, forgotten, or even admonished by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Moreover, it showed these leaders typically deceived their own members to stop them from knowing the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A History of Dismissed Abuse in Church

For nearly twenty years, survivors who were sexually abused sought to get in touch with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention in relation to the pastors and church workers. Almost all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were in fact charged. According to the report, a super secret list was kept. Abuse victims’ cries for accountability went overlooked as officials from companies and churches attempted to shield themselves rather than those who have been victimized by sexual abuse.

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist Convention official was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a woman during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president declared he was unaware of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. 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 prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even encouraged alleged abusers.

Responsibility in the SBC

The report alleges that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse just 1 month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who aided in protecting and even motivated suspected sexual abusers.

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

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