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Was Scott Dewayne Wright Named in the Southern Baptist Convention List of Abusers?

Scott Dewayne Wright, youth pastor at Tampa’s Crossing Church, was found guilty of two counts of sex with a 16-year-old girl. He received a four-year prison sentence. He is currently a registered sex offender.

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SBC Executive Committee Response To Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes terrible new information concerning specific abuse instances and clarify how denominational authorities actively disapproved abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that revealed that abusers were typically overlooked, forgotten, or perhaps blamed by high-ranking church officials from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it showed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to avoid them from knowing the widespread sexual abuses.

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A Past of Dismissed Mishandling

Practically all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it uncertain how many predators were actually charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report alleges that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse merely one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as noted SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged suspected abusers.

One victim talked about being treated with hostility as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in numerous 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

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The Report shows a trend of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He anticipates this report will bring much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their sexual abuse.

The report asserts that a principal Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault no more than one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and also motivated presumed sexual abusers.

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

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