Since 1998, Southern Baptists Enabled The Sexual Abuse Of Hundreds Of Victims

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About 380 Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers have been accused of sexually assaulting more than 700 people.

According to an investigation conducted by both the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, about 380 leaders in Southern Baptist churches have been accused of sexual misconduct. The total number of victims totals to more than 700 with allegations against deacons, pastors, ministers, and even church program volunteers.

Many of the sexual misconduct cases occurred while leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention resisted reforms. The SBC is a network of autonomous Baptist churches that generally hold the same beliefs. However, the convention does not interfere on the affairs of individual churches. It is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

When news of sexual misconduct began to arise, pastors of the convention requested, in 2007, for a registry of all names of leaders that had been convicted of sex crimes. However, the registry never happened and the two news outlets began to investigate in 2018. Currently, they are accepting submissions for people to tell their stories.