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Was Kerry Clyde Martin Named in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Kerry Clyde Martin, a pastor at Temecula Valley Baptist Church in Temecula, California, was sentenced to 206 years in prison for his crimes against a 14-year-old girl. These included 20 counts of lewd acts with a child, 20 counts of foreign object penetration, five counts of rape by force or fear, and five counts of unlawful intercourse with a child.

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Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file contains scary brand-new information concerning specific abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse prevention and change for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party investigation that found that abusers were typically overlooked, forgotten, or perhaps admonished by high-ranking church representatives from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it revealed these leaders often lied to their own members to avoid them from being aware of the unchecked sexual misbehavior.

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A Story of Ignored Misconduct

Almost all of these reported occurrences occurred outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were actually charged. According to the report, a secret list was kept.

The report stated that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse merely one month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior 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 and even encouraged thought abusers.

Accountability in the SBC

Russell Moore, the former head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The Report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, intimidation, retaliation, and coverup.” He anticipates this report will bring much-needed change and hold those liable for their sexual assault.

The report claims that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse just one 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 prominent SBC leaders who helped in covering up and also encouraged suspected sexual abusers.

He wishes this report will be the catalyst for much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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