Department of Justice Announces Investigation Into The Southern Baptist Convention
(For Immediate Release August 12, 2022)
According to an Aug. 12 statement from all SBC entity leaders and SBC President Bart Barber, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has been told that the US Department of Justice has launched an investigation against the SBC that would cover "many SBC institutions."
We welcome this news, it is something SNAP has long called for. The Department of Justice has given survivors around the nation hope with today's news. Too frequently, institutions are able to avoid accountability through a combination of antiquated legislation like statutes of limitations, coercive agreements to silence survivors, and fostering a culture that prevents survivors from speaking out. This is undoubtedly a positive development.
SNAP Leader Bobby Sas commented,’ As a survivor of abuse within the SBC, it was concerning to see the list of abusers and alleged abusers because it does not tell the true scope and length of time these abuses have been going on. This announcement by the DOJ may give us the justice we deserve.’
We encourage anyone who has suffered traumatic harm at the hands of trusted faith leaders, laypersons, or volunteers from the SBC to report their information to the Department of Justice or local law enforcement. We know it is difficult to revisit the horror, and so we hope victims have support in place and seek counsel.
CONTACTS: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Bobby Sas, SNAP Leader, ([email protected]), Dave Brown, SNAP Leader Tennessee (901-569-4500)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)