Church Sexual Abuse

New hiring guide to help churches prevent abuse (it's free)

"A manual providing guidance on hiring staff members and selecting volunteers is the latest Southern Baptist resource designed to help churches prevent sexual abuse.... The free guide, which is available at caringwell.com/hiring, describes itself as 'a first step for church leaders on what to consider' when seeking, screening and choosing staff or volunteers." - BPNews

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Arkansas Baptists seek dismissal of sexual abuse lawsuit

Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC): "Plaintiff Fields incorrectly claims that the ABSC was in control of the church and the pastor and therefore should have known about and prevented the alleged abuse. ... The ABSC denies ever exercising any control over Millcreek or any other Arkansas Baptist church.

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Bob Jones University regrets handling of 2005 sex assault allegations after ex-pastor’s arrest

The school found out about 2001 allegations two weeks ago, but the victim, Shielagh Clark, reported other assaults to the school in 2005. A BJU spokesman said "the university failed by not encouraging Clark to go to authorities at that time." Clark did file a report with the Hyde Park Police Department in 2005.... she was too afraid at the time to pursue charges, and no charges were filed." - Greenville News

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Southern Baptists Disfellowship Church Over Abuse for the First Time

"The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has disfellowshipped a west Texas congregation that knowingly employs a registered sex offender as pastor, the first church to lose its ties with the denomination amid a heightened push to combat sexual abuse." - CToday

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