Articles on Sexual Abuse

It happened during a road trip to church summer camp. I was about 16 years old, and we stopped for the night at the home of a pastor who had a beautiful house in the country. After a lazy afternoon... Continue...

A Pennsylvania Catholic priest raped a young girl, got her pregnant, and arranged an abortion. Bishop James Timlin wrote a letter of sympathy after this traumatic situation, saying, “This is a very difficult time in your life, and I realize... Continue...

Over the last six months, at the directive of my senior pastor and president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), J.D. Greear, I have had the privilege of leading a team of nine individuals to develop a curriculum to equip... Continue...

The Houston Chronicle recently published a series of articles related to sexual abuse and the Southern Baptist Convention. The stories included are heartbreaking.  Part 1 brought to light over 380 Southern Baptist Church leaders or volunteers accused of sexual abuse... Continue...

The Houston Chronicle has published a three-part series about sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches. Here are parts one, two, and three. As J.D. mentioned, what these articles describe is heinous. There can simply be no ambiguity about the church’s... Continue...

We are in a significant moment in our society because of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. As we have now seen clearly, sexual abuse and assault has deeply affected the Southern Baptist Convention. People are coming forward about suffering abuse... Continue...

This past Sunday, the Houston Chronicle released an investigative piece detailing sexual abuse cases of leadership in Southern Baptist churches over the last 20 years. When news hit social media that the article would be forthcoming, my heart skipped a... Continue...

The news continues to feature stories related to abuse. Surveying headlines just since the New Year tells of Catholic bishops praying over the sex abuse scandal, a college announcing a plan to fight sexual misconduct, the Catholic Church using bankruptcy... Continue...

The most recent major manifestation of the widespread Catholic sex abuse scandal occurred in the diocese of Pennsylvania. Investigators discovered that, over decades, numerous priests abused especially young men and that the presiding bishops covered up the accusations against them.... Continue...

A new Lifeway Research study released yesterday found that two-thirds of pastors say domestic or sexual violence occurs in the lives of people in their congregation. Fifty-eight percent of pastors say the #MeToo movement has made their congregation more aware... Continue...