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Was Rodolfo Sosa Named in SBC Abuse Database?

Rodolfo Sosa, pastor of Ciudad del Refugio Church in Austin, was found guilty on five counts of indecency with a child by contact and one count of indecency with a child by exposure. He faced up to 20 years in prison for each indecency by contact charge and up to 10 years in prison for the remaining charge. He received a ten-year prison sentence.

Ciudad del Refugio Church has been affiliated with Fairview Baptist Church in Austin, TX, and Westoak Woods Baptist Church in Austin, TX at some point.

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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 report contains horrible new information regarding particular abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse avoidance and change for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were typically ignored, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-level congregation authorities from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million individuals. Additionally, it revealed these leaders typically deceived their very own members to stop them from understanding the prevalent sexual wrongdoing.

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A Record of Overlooked Mishandling

For nearly 20 years, victims who were sexually abused tried to speak with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention about the pastors and congregation workers. Nearly all of these disclosed occurrences fell beyond the SOL, making it uncertain the number of sexual predators were in fact incriminated. According to the document, a secret record was kept. Abuse victims’ cries for accountability went unnoticed as leaders from churches and organizations tried to protect themselves rather than those who have been taken advantage of by sexual abuse.

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

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

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

The report alleges that a principal Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault only one month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as renoun SBC leaders who helped in covering up and even motivated believed abusers.

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