Many Southern Baptists have dismissed sexual abuse as a problem caused by “corrupt Hollywood” or “liberal theology,” but that’s just untrue and a reckoning has arrived
Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of widespread child abuse in evangelical churches, Southern Baptist churches, and so-called Mega Churches. Nearly 400 Southern Baptist leaders, from youth pastors to top ministers,
have pleaded guilty or been convicted of sex crimes against more than 700 victims since 1998, according to a recent investigation by The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News. Superstar pastors like Bill
Hybels and Andy Savage have been forced to resign over allegations of misconduct. The New York Times also published a recent expose on the “sexual abuse crisis” at Evangelical churches.
While some churches have apologized for the abuse, few victims have seen any restitution or justice. What’s more, many churches work to protect themselves against the interests of their parishioners, and those victims who do seek justice or even just protection find themselves faced with aggressive legal maneuvering from the churches, many of which use written membership
agreements to enforce silence and prohibit any public investigation.