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Was Timothy E. Patton in List of Southern Baptist Abusers?

Timothy E. Patton, a former music minister at Danville First Baptist Church in Danville, AR, was arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree sexual assault, contributing to a minor’s delinquency, and purchase or possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor.

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Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document consists of horrifying brand-new specifics regarding specific abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively opposed abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have announced a substantial and independent third-party investigation that revealed that abusers were typically ignored, forgotten, or perhaps denounced by upper-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million members. Additionally, it disclosed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to keep them from understanding the unchecked sexual misconduct.

Click to read more about the bombshell Guidepost Solutions SBC Report

A Past of Disregarded Abuse

For almost 20 years, victims who were sexually assaulted attempted to speak with the administration of the Southern Baptist Convention with regards to the priests and church employees. Just about all of these revealed occurrences fell outside of the SOL, making it unclear the number of perpetrators were actually indicted. According to the report, a super secret record was kept. Nonetheless, abuse victims’ cries for fair treatment went unconsidered as leaders from churches and organizations tried to protect themselves rather than those who have been preyed on by sexual assault.

The report alleges that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the SBC, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as noted SBC leaders who helped in covering and even encouraged presumed abusers.

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

The document states that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse just 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and actually encouraged believed sexual predators.

He anticipates this report will bring about much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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