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More Sexual Abuse Cases By Leaders From Southern Baptist Churches Uncovered
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More Sexual Abuse Cases By Leaders From Southern Baptist Churches Uncovered

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database.

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database.

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database.

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database.

More sexual abuse cases by leaders from Southern Baptist churches uncovered

Hundreds of reader responses to our Abuse of Faith investigation uncovered even more criminal cases of sexual abuse among Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers.

They left behind more than 700 victims. Repeat offenders who traveled from church to church and abusive youth pastors were a part of that problem.

More than 350 people later called or emailed to share information about other criminal cases as well as abuse that remains unpunished. With their help, the newspapers have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database. That data now includes cases involving more than 260 offenders. And we added new stories about missionaries who abused children or adults and about churches that knowingly harbored people credibly accused or convicted of sexual abuse.

We added new video and audio from survivors such as Price, who said speaking out has given him the strength to help others. "Silence is the worst thing," he said.

Kingsley Brown also reached out after spotting her father and abuser — a charismatic former Waco pastor named William Frank Brown – in a photo collage of people convicted of sex crimes.

"In these types of situations, a lot of people want to blame the church and turn away from the church and blame the Lord and it is so easy for that to happen," she said. "Our whole purpose is that this is an issue that needs to be addressed — it's OK for you to come forward."

To read the survivors' stories, go to HoustonChronicle.com, our subscriber website.