Statement regarding report on sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches


We are grieved by the instances of sexual abuse detailed in today’s report, and our highest priority is to provide support to victims and survivors across our Texas Baptist family.

We urge anyone with knowledge of an instance of sexual abuse to report to law enforcement immediately.

We also encourage anyone affected by sexual abuse in an affiliated church to contact our Texas Baptists Counseling Services (information below). Through this ministry, we provide compassionate support for the victim, the victim’s family, and others impacted by instances of abuse who need and request it.

In addition, we implore all affiliated churches to take full advantage of the resources made available through our partnership with MinistrySafe (information below), an industry leader in sexual abuse prevention.

Through this partnership, affiliated churches have access to continuously updated education, awareness, and reference materials online, and regional sexual abuse prevention training events on relevant topics including a five-part safety and prevention system.

We are aware of the seriousness of the issue of minister sexual misconduct in churches, and the importance of working together to prevent it. We continue to be proactive in our support of churches’ efforts to prevent and respond to minister sexual misconduct.

David Hardage, Executive Director
Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas)

Additional Information:

Texas Baptists Counseling Services
Phone: 214-887-5488
Email: counselingservices@texasbaptists.org
Web: texasbaptists.org/counseling

Texas Baptists Ministry Safe webpage
Web: texasbaptists.org/ministrysafe

Contact:

Kalie Lowrie, News Director
Texas Baptists
Office: 214-887-5494
Mobile: 806-681-7257

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