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Was Travis Reed Listed in Southern Baptist Convention Abuse Report?

Travis Reed, a youth volunteer and deacon at the First Baptist Church in Azle, TX, and a volunteer firefighter was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to eight years in prison for molestation of an 11-year-old boy in 2011. He was eligible for parole after serving four years. Reed’s early release was approved by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on December 10, 2018. He was supposed to be transferred to a Sex Offender Treatment Program in April 2019 and released no sooner than nine months after finishing the program.

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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 document includes terrible new details relating to particular abuse circumstances and sheds light on how denominational officials actively opposed abuse avoidance and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed an extensive and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were frequently neglected, forgotten, or perhaps blamed by high-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Moreover, it showed these leaders typically lied to their own members to prevent them from knowing the unchecked sexual assaults.

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A Story of Ignored Mishandling

For almost twenty years, survivors who were sexually abused attempted to contact the administration of the “SBC” regarding the priests and congregation staff members. Just about all of these disclosed occurrences fell beyond the SOL, making it not clear the number of predators were actually charged. According to the report, an internal record was kept. Nevertheless, abuse survivors’ shouts for fair treatment went unnoticed as leaders from organizations and churches tried to shield themselves rather than those who have actually been taken advantage of by sexual assault.

The report declares that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only one calendar month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renowned SBC leaders who aided in covering up for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

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

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

The document claims that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual abuse just one month after finishing 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 former head of the SBC’s administrative branch as renoun SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and also motivated suspected sexual predators.

He wishes this report will be the catalyst for much-needed change and hold those accountable for their misconduct.

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