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Was Samuel Lyte Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

In 2012, Samuel Lyte, a youth pastor at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Big Springs, Texas, was accused of sexually abusing a girl. He was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault on a child in 2013 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes horrible new information relating to particular abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational officials actively hindered abuse avoidance and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party investigation that discovered that abusers were often overlooked, forgotten, or perhaps blamed by high-ranking church representatives from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Additionally, it exposed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to prevent them from being aware of the flagrant sexual abuses.

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A Past of Overlooked Mishandling

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

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report likewise names 3 previous 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 for and even motivated suspected abusers.

One victim detailed being treated with animosity as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in several states. At a conference with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Responsibility in the Southern Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous 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 bombshell report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.” He anticipates this document will deliver much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their sexual assault.

He anticipates this report will bring about much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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