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Sexual abuse scandal in Southern Baptist churches

An investigation by "Houston Chronicle" and the "San Antonio Express-News" found that since 1998, about 380 Southern Baptist church clerics, laypersons, and volunteers have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse and that of those, roughly 220 were convicted of sex crimes or received plea deals, in cases involving more than 700 victims. Many accusers were young men and women, who allegedly experienced everything from molestation to rape and impregnation at the hands of church members.

As leaders decline to act, the numbers grow. In the past 20 years, about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspapers found. They were pastors. Deacons. Ministers. Youth pastors. Sunday school and Christian school teachers. Church program volunteers. They left behind more than 700 victims.

  1. (''Houston Chronicle''2
  2. Houston Chronicle
  3. San Antonio Express-News
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms