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U.S. Protestant pastors say sexually abusive ministers should step down permanently

NASHVILLE (BP) – As Christian groups and denominations debate the proper response to clergy sexual misconduct (both child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault), most pastors believe those who commit such crimes should withdraw from public ministry permanently.

Independent review finds no evidence of sexual abuse coverup by Summit staff member

DURHAM, N.C (BP) – There is no evidence that Bryan Loritts discouraged anyone from reporting sexual abuse when he was pastor at a Memphis church, according to an independent review launched by his current employer, The Summit Church.

Layoffs, upheaval at Zacharias ministry roiled by scandal

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The global Christian ministry founded by the late Ravi Zacharias said Wednesday it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60 percent of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via texts and email.

SBC DIGEST: Child safety standards offered for review; Windermere’s future uncertain

‘Ground-Breaking’ child safety standards offered for public review by Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention; Windermere closes for March, April as camp looks to future.

Appeals court rules sexual abuse lawsuit against Pressler will proceed

HOUSTON (BP) – A Texas appellate court has overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit by a man accusing longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler of decades of sexual abuse.

Watchdog group lists 2021 Dirty Dozen top promoters and enablers of sexual exploitation

WASHINGTON (BP) – Mainstream companies such as Google Chromebooks and OnlyFans are using the COVID-19 pandemic to further facilitate and profit from sexual exploitation, a watchdog group said in its 2021 list of the top 12 abusers.

Investigation reveals Zacharias’ years-long history of sexual abuse of women

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Internationally-known evangelist and apologist Ravi Zacharias sexually abused women under the guise of massages for a chronic back injury at least as far back as February 2014, according to a report commissioned by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

SAAG, ERLC share priorities to fight sex abuse in next year

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, entities and leaders will continue to receive guidance in the year ahead from a convention partnership leading the fight against sexual abuse.

Guidance on protecting churches from lawsuits offered by ERLC, SAAG

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a special advisory group have published the first of a series of state policy “white papers” to encourage the enactment of laws that prevent sexual abuse and enable survivors to gain access to justice.

Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A Kentucky church has announced plans to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Dove Award-winning Christian musician and songwriter Chris Rice.