Report: Top Southern Baptists stonewalled sex abuse victims

(AP) — Top Southern Baptists stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades, according to a scathing investigative report issued Sunday.

FILE – This Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 file photo shows the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Leaders of the SBC, America’s largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a scathing 288-page investigative report issued Sunday, May 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination.

The 288-page report states survivors and others repeatedly shared allegations with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.

They were met with resistance and outright hostility from within the top administrative committee, the report says.

The seven-month investigation was conducted by Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm contracted by the Executive Committee.

Last year, delegates at the SBC’s national gathering demanded the committee should not be allowed to investigate itself and set this third-party review into motion.

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