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Was Shane Flournoy Listed in Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Investigation Report?

Shane Flournoy worked at the Texas School for the Deaf as a youth pastor, sign language teacher, and dorm administrator. In Harris County, he was convicted of four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14 for abusing at least five boys, and in Travis County, he was convicted of having improper contact with a pupil. He was charged with crimes committed between 2000 and 2007. One of his victims was a student who he assaulted while working as a dorm supervisor at the Texas School for the Deaf. In Travis County, he was sentenced to six years in jail in 2009, and in Harris County, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

Southern Baptist Convention List Of Abusers

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report includes horrifying brand-new details concerning particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively hindered abuse prevention and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a substantial and independent 3rd party investigation that found that abusers were frequently ignored, forgotten, and even condemned by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. In addition, it uncovered these leaders often lied to their own members to avoid them from being aware of the flagrant sexual abuses.

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A Record of Overlooked Abuse

The report alleges that a key Southern Baptist Convention official was credibly implicated of sexual assault only one month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a female during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report also names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering up for and even motivated alleged abusers.

One victim outlined being treated with hostility as she claimed she was sexually assaulted by a youth pastor. The implicated pastor served in multiple Southern Baptist churches in a number of states. During a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Exec Council “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Convention

The report states that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault only 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering and even encouraged believed abusers.

He wishes this report will instigate much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their actions.

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