An investigative report containing approximately 300 pages was released according to Washington Post on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report uncovers disturbing accounts of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention, in addition to their attempts to keep the sex crisis hidden by resisting pleas for abuse prevention and reform.
A major third-party investigation revealed that many leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination ignored reports of sexual abuse. These same leaders lied to members, denying the denomination the right to implement a database for predators while secretly keeping an ongoing list for years.
For almost two decades, victims of sexual abuse attempted to report incidents to the Southern Baptist Convention's administrative arm but were met with resistance or "outright hostility." Unfortunately, many are now outside of the statute of limitations, so abusers can not be criminally charged. The report suggests that leaders were more worried about concealing the misconduct to protect the institution than preventing further abuse.
Despite the coverups by some of the highest levels of leadership in the SBC, many survivors shared their stories. Including a victim who was abused by her youth pastor. The victim met with the SBC leaders in 2007 but was met with hostility, including one member of the Executive Committee that turned his back to her as she spoke.
Johnny Hunt, a Southern Baptist pastor in Georgia and a senior vice president at the SBC's missions arm, was credibly accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Panama City Beach, Florida, during a vacation in 2010. Three past presidents of the convention, one former vice president, and the former head of the SBC's administrative arm were named as leaders that protected and supported these alleged perpetrators.