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Was Joel Dean Joslin Named in Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers?

Joel Dean Joslin, of Irving and Fort Worth, Texas, was on probation in 2003 for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. He is a registered sex offender for a child sexual assault conviction. He was released from probation and included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published by the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 2007.

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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 document contains horrible new specifics relating to certain abuse instances and clarify how denominational officials actively disapproved abuse avoidance and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or perhaps denounced by high-ranking congregation representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million members. Additionally, it uncovered these leaders typically lied to their very own members to prevent them from knowing the prevalent sexual misbehavior.

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A History of Overlooked Abuse

For almost 2 decades, survivors who were sexually abused sought to speak with the administration of the “SBC” concerning the preachers and congregation staff members. Just about all of these revealed incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it not clear the number of predators were actually indicted. According to the report, a super secret list was kept. Abuse survivors’ cries for fair treatment went unnoticed as officials from churches and companies tried to shield themselves rather than those who have been victimized by sexual assault.

The report alleges that a major Convention leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely one month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. Additionally, 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 female at a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even motivated alleged abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Board “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the former 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 bombshell report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He desires this report will deliver much-needed reform and hold those responsible for their misconduct.

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