Abuse of Faith: Investigation reveals 700 victims

  |  Source: Houston Chronicle

Participants in the "For Such a Time as This Rally" hold signs outside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on the first day of the two-day Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. The rally called for Southern Baptist clergy to receive training on how to treat women with respect, how to handle allegations of abuse, and how to minister to victims of abuse. (Photo / Marc Ira Hooks / SBC Newsroom)

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In the last 20 years, about 380 ministers and volunteers in Southern Baptist churches sexually abused more than 700 people, according to a comprehensive investigative report by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News. More of the offenders who pleaded guilty or were convicted of sexual offenses were from Texas than from any other state, the newspapers reported.

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