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Was Kenneth Brightman Named in the Southern Baptist Convention Abuser List?

Kenneth Brightman volunteered as a youth worker at the First Baptist Church in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. In 2007, he was charged with raping an 18-year-old mentally challenged woman. He had already been convicted of sexual assault. He was able to live in a church-owned home thanks to the First Baptist Church. He had already been sentenced to five years in jail for first-degree sexual abuse.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of scary new details concerning particular abuse instances and clarifies how denominational authorities actively disapproved of abuse prevention and reform for several years.

Click to read about the bombshell Southern Baptist Convention 2022 Report

A Record of Dismissed Misconduct

Practically all of these disclosed events fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it uncertain how many predators were really charged. According to the report, an internal list of abusers was kept.

The report alleges that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering up for and even encouraged believed abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in numerous Southern Baptist churches in several states. During a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

The document asserts that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse just 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged believed abusers.

He wishes this report will be the catalyst for much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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