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The Southern Baptist church is the largest protestant denomination in the United States. The religious organization was founded in Augusta, Georgia, the U.S. in 1845. Conservatively speaking, the SBC (Southern Baptist Church) is composed of 14,525,579 members. According to the Pew Research Center The total number of Southern Baptists in the U.S. – and their share of the population – is falling.
This decline could be attributed to over the last few decades, many religious organizations have been alleged of a child sex abuse crisis. The SBC’s Executive committee and member churches were blamed for sexual abuse. Many Sexual Abuse Victims were bringing forth the complaints, nevertheless, the SBC mishandled the issue, hence why the rumors were swirling around for a while but took a lot of time to come to the surface. As the news went viral over the SBC’s sexual abuse scandal it led the Executive Committee’s leadership to release the “Report of Independent Investigation
Sexual assault victims often experience feelings of shame and anxiety. The long-term effects may include depression, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, eating disorders, and problems in romantic and sexual relationships. The victim can ruminate about the abuse later, causing them panic attacks. This form of trauma is known as post-traumatic stress disorder, which is triggered by a terrifying event. It is suggested for the abuse victim to seek counsel to help recover. Other signs that may indicate abuse has occurred include, but are not limited to:
Sexual Abuse and sexual assault have been happening in the SBC churches for a while. In the published report (Report of the Independent Investigation) by Guidepost Solutions. There is documented evidence of intimidation of victims and concealment of claims by SBC staff. According to the SBC not addressing the sexual abuse issue with other member churches is because under SBC polity the church has no responsibility for addressing the issue let with these autonomous churches, in charge of their own hiring, and not under the control of the SBC. For the SBC to use this rule as an excuse to not communicate a problem that endangered its members is nonsensical.
Additionally, the Houston Chronicle published a series of articles detailing sexual abuse and sexual misconduct allegations against many of the SBC clergy and church leaders. In the series of articles published by Chronicles at least 700 people, most infants – reported being sexually abused. The SBC had an opportunity to stop some of the abuse had it not been for its negligent behavior in mishandling the complaints reported by its members. Similarly, cases of sexual abuse have occurred in other religious organizations like in the catholic church. To settle this kind of abuse the catholic dioceses across the United States have paid more than $3 billion dollars to victims of clergy abuse.
If you or a loved one have suffered abuse from a person associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Fill out a no-cost claim review to see if you are eligible to receive compensation. – complete the free and easy claim review form today.