This site is designed for a very simple purpose:
1. To protect children from abuse.
The action and behavior of abusers directly affects children – that is, anyone under the age of 18. Grooming sets children up for exploitation from predators. Grooming also positions children to be vulnerable to future grooming and exploitation. Victims of abuse often spend a lifetime trying to sort through complex mental, emotional and physical trauma as a direct result of abusers. This has to stop!
2. To protect adults from abuse.
The action and behavior of abusers directly affects men, women, congregants, parents, the elderly, and… well it affects EVERYONE. Grooming affects the entire community by positioning people so as to serve the wicked wants & needs of the abuser. It also positions people so as to be more vulnerable to future grooming and exploitation. This abuse wrecks entire church communities. Abusers move on from church to church, checking the figurative door knob, looking for unlocked doors and gullible communities that they can exploit. This process of exploitation is simplified if a congregation has already been groomed by a past abuser. This has to stop!
3. To show that it’s just not that hard.
Again and again we’ve been told that the Southern Baptist Convention takes this issue seriously. But if you take something seriously, it causes you to ACT. Pioneers of abuse within religious organizations have been calling for action for many many years. It’s time for someone to stand up and say “ENOUGH” and to ACT. The Southern Baptist Convention has had more than enough time to ACT by creating a database which tracks abusers and enablers within its ranks. To their shame, the Southern Baptist Convention has still not done so. This site is a testimony that it really is not that hard to ACT. It only takes one single person to stand up for what is right. The lives of children and congregations are literally at stake here. Will you ACT?
What is an abuser?
For the purpose of this website, I have defined these terms:
a) Convicted of sexual abuse / misconduct
b) Credibly accused of sexual abuse / misconduct
a) Individuals in leadership who knew of abusers, and did not ACT
b) Individuals in leadership who knew of abusers within their ranks, and made the decision to:
1) protect the abuser by letting them remain.
2) protect the abuser by sending them somewhere else.
3) protect the institution.
4) protect the enablers.
—Read on baptistaccountability.org/welcome/