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Was Timothy Tower Named in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Timothy Tower, a preacher at the Community Baptist Church in Brandenburg, Kentucky, was convicted in 2003 on 15 counts of first-degree sexual abuse for abusing a 15-year-old girl. He was still on the Sex offender registry as of 3/12/19.

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Southern Baptist Convention Guidepost Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of scary new information regarding particular abuse circumstances and clarify how denominational officials actively fought abuse prevention and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a comprehensive and independent third-party examination that found that abusers were often ignored, forgotten, or even criticized by high-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. Additionally, it revealed these leaders typically lied to their own members to prevent them from being aware of the prevalent sexual misconduct.

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A Story of Disregarded Mishandling

For nearly two decades, survivors who were sexually abused sought to contact the administration of the “SBC” with regards to the preachers and congregation workers. Nearly all of these reported incidents fell outside of the statutes of limitations, making it not clear just how many sexual predators were in fact charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept. Nevertheless, victims’ cries for justice went unconsidered as leaders from churches and organizations tried to shield themselves instead of those who have been taken advantage of by sexual assault.

The report claims that a senior Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. In Addition, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s objectives arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a female during a 2010 vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president declared he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May 13. The report additionally identifies 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who aided in covering for and even motivated alleged abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

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

The report claims that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative division as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even motivated believed abusers.

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