In the beginning, it was innocent enough. Teens for Christ seemed like many other liberated hippie crews in They wore long hair and colorful caftans.
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With her thick Southern drawl, she has told audiences how she was abused as a child, often sliding her personal story into her larger message about Jesus. As thousands of Southern Baptists prepare to arrive this week in Birmingham, in the US state of Alabama, for their annual meeting, many have expected for months that it would focus on questions of how to handle sexual abuse and cover-ups in their own churches. Moore is expected to be there, sitting on a panel on sexual abuse with several others, including the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders. She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
A prominent evangelical youth pastor in Alabama was arrested earlier this week on charges related to having sex with a teen boy. Acton Bowen, 37, was arrested in Hoover, Alabama, this past Tuesday. Bowen is being charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree sex abuse.
While it is easy to point an accusing finger at the Catholic Church for decades of covered up child abuse, it appears to be far too easy to ignore the fact that the problem of coercive sex crimes are just as, if not more prevalent among Protestant churches in America today. Much like their Catholic counterparts, Protestant pastors and ministers are trusted with children who have been taught to obey the authority of their church leaders. This is not an opportunistic attempt to slander Christian pastors by stringing together random cases compiled over the decades — these are all stories that hit the local news in May alone.
Three pastors accused of exploiting and abusing teenage girls were indicted this week on federal child sex trafficking charges in Toledo, Ohio. The men, Kenneth Butler, 37; Anthony J. The three men pleaded not guilty.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The Ohio man targeted kids who needed help. It was a way to get more time with the boys he would sexually abuse, federal officials said.
CNN -- Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard described Thursday as "fundamentally true" an assertion that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a year-old male volunteer in But he grabbed a bottle of lotion and started masturbating. Haas added, " Haggard used to say to me, 'You know what, Grant, you can become a man of God, and you can have a little bit of fun on the side. Haggard, 52, said the incident was "an indicator of the compulsive behavior" that ruled him at the time.