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Sex Abuse

Sexual assault survivors don’t speak up sooner because reporting is often as traumatic as the assault. Survivors know this, and others’ responses seldom prove them wrong. Here’s my story. […] Read More

After 12 years of urging Southern Baptists to protect kids from clergy sex abuse, little has changed institutionally. What has changed is more survivors, advocates and bloggers are finding their voices. […] Read More

The sexual abuse by the clergy and the cover-up by the hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church are inexcusable, deeply sinful and have harmed thousands. How should the church respond? […] Read More

A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up. According to local media Debra Johnson signed a court document Tuesday admitting that she made up the allegation that led to the December 2007 arrest of Clayton Pruett, youth minister at […] Read More

A victims’ advocacy and support group on Monday asked Southern Baptist Convention leaders to seek input from outside experts and victims in developing a denomination-wide response to sexual abuse by clergy. In June SBC messengers referred a motion to the SBC Executive Committee requesting “a feasibility study concerning the development of a database of Southern […] Read More

A Southern Baptist pastor in Fresno, Calif., was arrested Monday on felony charges of child molestation. John Earl (“Jeb”) Bonine, 43, pastor of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />SierraHeightsBaptistChurch, remained in jail Thursday, where he is held on $500,000 bond. He is charged with two counts of continual sex abuse of a child, […] Read More

For six years, a convicted child molester was pastor and minister a First Baptist Church in Romeoville, Ill. Deacons knew. Other ministers knew. A denominational official knew. Yet, nothing was done until a minister anonymously contacted the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and SNAP got the media involved. Meanwhile, kids were marching into […] Read More

A former Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary student was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing several teenage boys he mentored while a volunteer youth worker at a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina Meanwhile, a Southern Baptist church in suburban <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Chicago made […] Read More

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a Southern Baptist church in Amarillo, Texas, was warned that a Sunday school teacher and paid childcare worker was a pedophile, and yet did nothing to keep kids safe. Parents identified in the lawsuit as Mr. and Mrs. John Doe say Patrick Farmer molested and photographed their two young daughters […] Read More

A former Southern Baptist pastor charged with molesting a youth in his church may face additional charges, according to media reports in Memphis, Tenn. The Commercial Appeal reported last week that detectives are investigating possible additional sex charges against 46-year-old Steven Haney, former pastor of Walnut Grove Baptist Church in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns […] Read More