- Nov 23, 2021
U.S. Southern Baptists release scathing report on sexual abuse
For decades, complaints of sex abuse by pastors and staff in the largest U.S. Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, were either ignored or covered up by top clergy, according to an internal report released on Sunday.
It’s fairly devastating. And I would welcome info that it’s not as bad as it looks, for it looks just terrible.The nearly 300-page report details how complaints were kept as "closely guarded information" within the Convention to avoid liability, "to exclusion of all other considerations," it said. . .
And just like with the Catholics, we seem to have many cases of, people who are not themselves abusers covering up for people that do.
I’m guessing it has to do with pretty complex reasons of how institutions work (and don’t work) and how people conform to what’s expected of them on the job (in fact, people tend to over-conform).
And not just to be down on religion.
I understand the fields of psychiatry and psychology are pathetic at dealing with the minority of practitioners who bully and coerce vulnerable patients into sex, including patients who were formerly victims of childhood sex abuse. And again, we have people who are not themselves abusers covering up for people who are.
And as far as good policy which might potentially and even probably prevent many incidents of sexual abuse,
this is something we as good-hearted, realistic, constructive persons will probably need to figure out on our own.