|"The repeated claims of Ms. Brown and SNAP to the media that we had been unresponsive are untrue ... SNAP has issued an apology for making those claims."|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention "deplores and condemns" child sexual abuse and provides resources for its member churches to battle it, an attorney with the SBC's Executive Committee said in a statement Feb. 22.
|"Rose French for the Associated Press reported '... SNAP has received reports of about 40 cases of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist ministers -- with some of the incidents dating back many years.' ... [W]e [SBC] asked for their [SNAP's] data six months ago, but did not receive a reply." |
|EC General Counsel|
D. August Boto
The statement by D. August Boto was in reference to an Associated Press story about a victims' group -- SNAP -- that is asking the denomination to launch an independent review board to look into cases concerning child sexual abuse. A SNAP coordinator, Christa Brown, was quoted in the story as saying Southern Baptist leaders "don't want to see this problem" as true. (SNAP is an acronym for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other Clergy.)
Boto, though, in a 1,300-word statement, said the denomination is addressing the problem, and has long been doing so. Read More