A 29-year old married Southern Baptist minister orally raped a 16-year old, and he moved on to become a prominent children’s minister at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. And that wasn’t even the worst of it.
Yet, even though another Southern Baptist minister knew about that man's “sexual contact” with a minor, and even though the Baptist General Convention of Texas determined there was “substantial evidence” the abuse took place, and even though 18 Southern Baptist leaders in 4 different states were notified of it, the man was able to still stand in the pulpit of a Southern Baptist church.
A seventeen year old faces 10 years. An adult Southern Baptist minister faces continued power, prestige, respect, and a good salary at one of Georgia’s most prominent churches. Strange world, huh?
Not only did the perpetrator face no consequences, but the men who knew and kept quiet didn’t face any consequences either.
Yet, I’ve had to face plenty of consequences, and they’re the sort that would make Dante’s inferno look like paradise. To this day, I relive pieces of the trauma in a “no exit” nightmare. Unable to move, unable to scream, and suffocating, I have died a thousand deaths in that dreaded dream.
There was nothing loving about what was done to me.
It was brutish barbarism with a sick biblical twist. He said it would get easier and that I would get used to it, and he told me how much God loved me.