Church Sexual Abuse

SBC messengers vote to expel churches over racial discrimination, mishandling sexual abuse

"Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to expel churches accused of racial discrimination and mishandling cases of sexual abuse....Messengers also voted to amend the SBC's bylaws to give the SBC's Credentials Committee the power to investigate complaints against churches in instances of sexual abuse or racism and make recommendations for action." - CPost

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A brief review of the ERLC’s new abuse training – Church Cares: Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused

"There is far more to Becoming than I can cover here. It will, and should, require a considerable investment of time. Many thanks to the ERLC and others who have put this together. It is excellent." - SBC Voices

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Study: 32% of Southern Baptist churchgoers “believe many more Protestant pastors have sexually abused children or teens than have been currently exposed”

"Relatively few, however, know someone attending their church who has sexually abused a child (3 percent) or sexually assaulted someone (3 percent) but has not yet come to light." - BPNews

Related, in Christiantiy Today: 1 in 10 Young Protestants Have Left a Church Over Abuse

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Report: "The ordination process of Southern Baptist churches is a weak spot when it comes to protecting congregations from sexual predators"

"The report, 'Above Reproach: A Study of the Ordination Practices of SBC Churches,' was conducted by Jason A. Lowe, an associational mission strategist in Kentucky, in response to a Feb. 10 Houston Chronicle report on sexual abuse among Southern Baptist churches." - BPNews

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