The church where I was abused and which has actively covered up these crimes for years, was an independent church. Though they did not have "Baptist" in the name, they are baptist in doctrine and practice. Years ago, about 15 in fact, my husband and I found a home in the Southern Baptist Convention. While each church is autonomous, there is a connection among the churches. I have often had the idea that if clergy sexual abuse took place in a Southern Baptist Church, there would at least be some response by the other churches. Sadly, that is not necessarily the case.
Christa Brown is a survivor of Clergy Sexual Abuse within the SBC. Predators can take advantage of our structure and move from church to church without being discovered. There is a move to create a database of convicted molesters and we hope that it will pass and work.
The Catholic church has covered this sin and crime. The independent church that I went to, has done the same. If anyone can do something positive against Clergy Sexual Abuse, it is the Southern Baptist Convention. We have to value the souls of our children over a false image that we call "our church's testimony." We have the chance to be different and take the lead in saving children and other vulnerable people, from those who would destroy them.