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Was James R. Niederstadt Listed in SBC Abuse Database?

James R. Niederstadt, former pastor of the Vinson General Baptist Church in Malden, MO, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2000 for abusing a 15-year-old girl who lived with the Niederstadt family in 1992 in order for her to attend an academy. A full federal court backed the decision in 2007.

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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 file consists of horrible brand-new information relating to particular abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse avoidance and reform for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were typically disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps condemned by upper-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Additionally, it uncovered these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to avoid them from being aware of the unchecked sexual abuses.

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A History of Dismissed Misconduct

For nearly two decades, survivors who were sexually assaulted attempted to contact the administration of the “SBC” about the ministers and congregation workers. Nearly all of these revealed events fell outside of the SOL, making it not clear the number of sexual abusers were actually indicted. According to the report, an in-house record was kept. Nevertheless, survivors’ shouts for justice went ignored as leaders from companies and churches attempted to protect themselves rather than those who have actually been victimized by sexual abuse.

The report states that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault just 1 calendar month after finishing his two-year term 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 arm as renowned SBC leaders who helped in covering for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous 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 shows a trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He hopes this report will bring much-needed reform and hold those liable for their misconduct.

The report alleges that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just 1 month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in protecting and also encouraged presumed sexual abusers.

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