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Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Letter to the SBC

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Letter to the SBC

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Letter from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to officials of the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of the 2013 annual meeting in Houston
Letter from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to officials of the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of the 2013 annual meeting in Houston

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June 7, 2013Rev. Fred LuterPresident, Southern Baptist Conventionfluter@franklinabc.com , 504-488-8488 ext 123Dear Rev. Luter:We are deeply troubled, in a number of ways, with how local SBC churches - and the SBC itself -deal with clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. Our concerns are widely-known and long-standing,
and it’s likely not productive to re
-hash them all here.But as
best we can tell, we’ve never raised this particular issue nor made this particular request of 
the SBC. And while we realize this may seem like short notice to you, we also realize that usually
“where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
 We are very upset at how church officials and congregants respond when child sex abuseallegations surface against Baptist ministers, volunteers and employees. All too often, clergy andcongregants immediately and publicly rally for an accused child molester instead of keeping an openmind and urging anyone with information to come forward. In response, all too often, victims,witnesses and whistleblowers with information are then frightened or depressed and stay silentinstead of reporting what they know or suspect about child sex crimes. And as a result, all too often,those who commit and conceal child sex crimes walk free, remain hidden, and hurt others.(Recent examples of this hurtful behavior include controversies at Prestonwood Baptist Church inTexas, Sovereign Grace Ministries in Maryland, and The Richmond Outreach Center in Virginia.)So when you meet in Houston next week, we respectfully ask for an opportunity to address the full
assembly and share our organization’s expertise on how church members and staff should resp
ondwhen such accusation arise.
We’ve distilled much of what we’ve learned about this subject over the past 25 years into a shortpamphlet that’s posted on our website:

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