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Patrick Newsome Jr. Named in Southern Baptist Convention Report of Abusers
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Was Patrick Newsome Jr. Listed in the SBC Guidepost Report Of Abuse?

Patrick Newsome Jr., 27, a former choir member at Buffalo’s First Centennial Baptist Church, was convicted of sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl during a church fundraiser in 2006.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

SBC Investigation Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document consists of horrible new details relating to certain abuse instances and clarify how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse prevention and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced an extensive and independent third-party examination that revealed that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-ranking congregation leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. Moreover, it disclosed these leaders frequently deceived their own members to stop them from being aware of the rampant sexual abuses.

Click to read more on the SBC Investigation Report

A Record of Dismissed Mishandling

Practically all of these reported incidents occurred outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were in fact charged. According to the report, an internal list of predators was kept.

The report asserts that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of abusing a fellow congregant at a 2010 getaway 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 additionally identifies three 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 up for and even encouraged known 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 several Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At 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.”

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The Report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed change and hold those responsible for their misconduct.

The report states that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse merely one month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and actually encouraged thought abusers.

He desires this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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