Attorney for Baptist Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse Victims
Update: Southern Baptist Church Under Investigation Following Sex Abuse Report
August 15, 2022 - Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have announced that the church is under investigation for reported clergy sexual abuse by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The investigation follows a third-party inquiry by Guidepost Solutions, which in May released its findings in a nearly 300-page report detailing a pattern of Southern Baptist Convention leaders dismissing reports of abuse and survivors' calls for change. The report also included an allegation of sexual assault against a former Southern Baptist Convention president.
The Southern Baptist Convention has been plagued by scandal stemming from leaders' mishandling of sexual abuse cases since the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News released an investigative series called "Abuse of Faith" in 2019.
What’s the problem?
The sexual abuse of young people by Baptist priests and other clergies can cause lifelong injuries and trauma to its victims. Sexual abuse of any kind committed by anyone is a crime. The victim may be entitled to compensation from the assailant and/or from those that helped cover up the abuse.
Many Baptists are surprised to learn that the sexual abuse of children is not just a problem associated with the Catholic church. According to an Associated Press article, three insurers of Baptist churches received more than 260 reports of children being sexually abused by ministers and other church officials in a single year. This number compares to 228 "credible" accusations against Catholic clergy in a year, according to records produced by the Catholic church.
Abusers and pedophiles depend upon fear and intimidation to conceal their crimes. They convince victims that they won't be believed if they come forward to report the abuse or they threaten retaliation. It is important that victims report sexual abuse and molestation when it occurs to help break the vicious cycle.
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Do I have a Baptist Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Baptist sexual abuse & molestation lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Baptist Sexual Abuse Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, molested, or otherwise harmed by a Baptist minister or other clergy members, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.