Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Lawsuits
A shocking report was released exposing two decades of sexual misconduct, sex abuse and cover-up within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) churches. The dedicated team at the Simmons Law Firm, LLC stands ready to assist the sex abuse victims of the Southern Baptist Convention – and their families – in obtaining the justice they deserve.
The May 22nd report, released by independent investigator Guidepost Solutions, reflects that over the course of 20 years, reports of sex abuse and cries for help were ignored by the Southern Baptist Convention, allowing abusers – including ministers – to continue to hold positions of power in SBC churches.
Instead of treating sexual abuse survivors with the compassion and respect they deserved, the report finds that the Southern Baptist Convention refused to investigate reports of abuse and took no steps to prevent ministers accused of sexual abuse from holding positions of power in the church community. The report details a pattern of cover-up and even intimidation tactics against the victims and their families. Only when news articles were published in 2019 – exposing the fact that hundreds of SBC church representatives nationwide had been criminally charged with sex crimes and reported acts of sexual misconduct included molestation, pornography, and rape – did the SBC finally agree to an outside investigation.
To date, the Southern Baptist Convention has identified the names of 703 abusers. Of these alleged abusers, 409 were probably affiliated with the SBC. According to news reports, at least 28 South Carolina pastors, church workers, and other individuals associated with the SBC have been implicated in this sexual misconduct and abuse.
Simmons Law Firm is experienced in obtaining justice in sexual abuse cases
The sexual abuse lawyers at Simmons Law Firm, LLC, are investigating these reports of widespread abuse and cover-ups, including evidence that victims and their families were ignored, or even publicly shamed and vilified, when they sought to make their concerns known.
Our experience speaks for itself – our founding partner, John Simmons, recently represented the family of a child abused at a Southern Baptist member church, resulting in both a public apology and a confidential monetary settlement designed to ensure that their child received the treatment, compensation, and support necessary to heal.
If you, or a family member, has been victimized by sexual violence and misconduct at the hands of Southern Baptist Convention leaders, ministers, employees, or volunteers, please contact the Simmons Law Firm, LLC for a confidential and free case evaluation. We treat each and every client with compassion and respect – our passion is securing justice for our clients. Simmons Law Firm, LLC strives to obtain the maximum financial compensation available to you to assist in compensating you for your losses. While every case is different, and no result is guaranteed, survivors of sexual abuse could recover damages against the parties responsible.
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