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Was William Johnson Jr Listed on the Southern Baptist List of Abusers?

In 1995, William Johnson Jr., pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ithaca, New York, was found guilty of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

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Southern Baptist Convention News

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file contains scary new specifics relating to particular abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively disapproved abuse avoidance and reform for years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually revealed a comprehensive and independent 3rd party examination that found that abusers were typically neglected, forgotten, and even denounced by upper-level church administrators from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million people. In addition, it exposed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to avoid them from being aware of the unchecked sexual assaults.

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A Story of Disregarded Mishandling

Nearly all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an in-house list was kept.

The report declares that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual abuse merely 1 month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report also names three previous presidents of the SBC, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering up for and even encouraged presumed abusers.

Accountability in the Southern Baptist Church

The report alleges that a major Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse no more than 1 month after completing his two-year stretch 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 division as notable SBC leaders who assisted in protecting and even encouraged suspected abusers.

He hopes this report will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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