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“If religion matters at all, it matters enough to be taken to task.”
 — from the manifesto of Killing the Buddha

— References my book, This Little Light, and quotes me: “The only truth resides in the reality of their deeds.” “SBC President: We failed to heed victims’ voices,” Christianity Today, 10/7/2019.

— Quoted: “For me, the only truth resides in the reality of their deeds. Action is what matters. Action is what will protect kids and congregants.” “Abuse survivors urge Southern Baptists to listen, then act,” Houston Chronicle, 10/5/2019.

— Observing that, for its “Caring Well” conference, Southern Baptist leaders opted to invite survivors whose stories were deemed “risk-free for the SBC.” “They have picked those who don’t ask anything of them at this point.” “Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex abuse crisis,” Associated Press, 9/30/2019. (See also Religion News Service, 9/30/2019; “Southern Baptists say they’re ready to put spotlight on sex abuse crisis, but some are skeptical,” Press-Herald, 9/30/2019; Charlotte Observer, 9/30/2019.)

— Radio-Television-Suisse includes part of my speech from the For Such a Time as This Rally in Birmingham along with 15 minutes of interview time with me talking about the systemic problem of Southern Baptist clergy sex abuse. “En Alabama, les Baptistes du Sud doivent affronter leurs abus sexuels,” Radio-Television-Suisse, 6/23/2019. (part 2 is here)

— “Christa Brown appeared at the rally. Years ago, she started, a website cataloguing accusations against Baptist sex abusers…. All of these folks’ ideas ran along the same lines as the ones Christa Brown suggested years ago….” “Beth Moore at #SBC2019: The SBC pretends to care about her past abuse,” Patheos, 6/18/2019.

— “She was the true prophet who called out sex abuse in the SBC. There are a bunch of men who should hang their heads in shame for how she was treated.” “Observations of #SBC19,” The Wartburg Watch, 6/17/2019.

— “It was the first SBC meeting Christa Brown had attended in years. For more than a decade, she had warned SBC leaders about the abuses she suffered at a church near Dallas, hoping to prompt them to action and spare others from trauma. Few listened. Some berated her….” “As SBC vows to change, survivors ‘devastated’ by past failures,” Houston Chronicle, 6/15/2019.

— My remarks from the 2019 For Such a Time as This Rally are extensively quoted, and David Clohessy describes me as “the Rosa Parks of the Protestant child safety movement.” “Abuse victim advocates pledge to keep fighting for reform in the Southern Baptist Convention,” Baptist News Global, 6/12/2019.

— Christa Brown “challenged whether Southern Baptist efforts around this issue have been sufficient.” “Southern Baptists vote to name abuse as grounds for expelling churches,” Christianity Today, 6/12/2019.

— Video of my speech and others at the For Such a Time as This Rally in Birmingham, starting at about the 6:00 minute mark. “Anti-abuse organizers rally outside of SBC annual meeting,” CBS 42, 6/11/2019.

— Quoted: “Almost every Southern Baptist survivor I have ever spoken with has said the trauma from the institutional betrayal far exceeded the trauma from the abuse itself…. Imagine: As horrific as child sex abuse is, even greater harm is being done by the complicity of so many others in this denomination that turns its back.” “‘Children are being hurt’: Rally calls on Southern Baptists to do more to prevent sexual abuse,” Commercial Appeal, 6/11/2019.

— “How many more kids will it take before the Southern Baptist Convention will do what other faith groups do and at least begin keeping records on credibly accused clergy sex abusers?” “How many kids will it take? Protesters demand Southern Baptists do more to fight clergy sex abuse,”, 6/11/2019

— On the subject of the SBC’s new standing credentials committee and constitutional amendment, I’m quoted: “So much more needs to be done…. It’s a step. Is it a good step? No. Because it’s so tiny.” “SBC passes sex abuse reforms, acknowledges more work is needed,” Houston Chronicle, 6/11/2019.

— Ahead of the SBC annual meeting, Christa Brown says, “I expect there will be a lot of talk — probably very fine-sounding talk, but real action toward making kids safer will be minimal. I think their proposals are more oriented toward SBC image-polishing than toward genuinely protecting kids.” “Southern Baptists have been immersed in their own sex abuse scandals. Now they’re debating their response,” Washington Post, 6/11/2019.

— In radio conversation about the SBC and clergy sex abuse, I’m quoted: “I think they are still approaching this more from a position of trying to do damage control in the wake of all this media rather than approaching it truly from a position of trying to protect children, trying to care for wounded people.” “Houston Matters: Sex Abuse and the Church,” Houston Public Media, 6/10/2019.

— Quoted saying that any eventual clergy abuse database in the SBC “has to be independently administered to provide survivors with a safe place to report.” “Southern Baptist Convention due to focus on sex abuse,” Los Angeles Times (AP), 6/8/2019. (See also “Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as Southern Baptists convene,” Houston Chronicle and WPSD Local 6, 6/8/2019; “As Southern Baptists meet in Alabama, sex abuse tops agenda,” PBS, 6/9/2019.)

— “Other speakers at the rally… include long-time abuse advocate and former Baptist coordinator for SNAP, Christa Brown….” “Abuse survivors take center stage in lead up to next week’s Southern Baptist Convention,” Baptist News Global, 6/7/2019.

— Quoted in voice recording: “The pattern just keeps repeating itself…. These decades of horrific abuse-enabling institutional patterns that do not change. And, yes, you know, they say nice things…. we’ve seen these words over and over again. They promise that they’ll pledge to do better, that they’ll establish strong policies, yada, yada, yada. But nothing really changes in reality. So, it is all talk and it is not true action…. And even now, after all this, after all this media, after all this publicity, we don’t really see that they are engaging this problem with transparency…. Until there are consequences for the enablers and the cover-uppers, I think we can pretty well assume that the preacher-predators will persist.” “Report: More sexual abuse uncovered in Southern Baptist churches, includes missionaries,” Houston Public Media, 6/3/2019.

— I’m honored to be named with these other extraordinary woman as bloggers exposing abuse in churches. “The crusading bloggers exposing abuse in Protestant churches,” Washington Post Magazine, 6/3/2019.

— Dee Parsons of The Wartburg Watch honors me by calling me “the mother of all abuse bloggers.” I’m also quoted in responding to the SBC’s shift of a conference to focus on sexual abuse: “Talking about clergy abuse is nice, but more action is what’s needed. Southern Baptists will not meet this challenge by engaging in damage-control measures only after media exposure.” “Southern Baptist group overhauls conference to focus on sex abuse crisis,” Houston Chronicle, 5/1/19.

“Profiles in Goodwill: Christa Brown,EthicsDaily, 3/20/19.

— In response to a Texas bill that would grant immunity to churches that disclose sexual abuse allegations against a pastor, I said it was a step in the right direction but “victims too should receive immunity for good faith disclosures.” “Bill would let churches, nonprofits disclose sex abuse allegations,” Houston Chronicle, 3/14/19.

— In response to the story of a pastor who had allowed an admitted child molester to stay on as a music minister, I said, “It’s dangerous when it takes several years and massive media attention for even an admitted child molester to finally be removed from a position of trust.” “Pastor seeks forgiveness for letting alleged sex abuser stay on staff,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3/9/19.

— Discusses my 2007 appearance before the SBC Executive Committee’s bylaws workgroup to ask for the creation of a database of clergy predators, and I’m quoted as saying that Southern Baptists need to “interrogate their own theology.” “As Southern Baptists weigh a predator database, a look at how they work,” Sojourners, 3/7/19.

— Stating that Christa Brown “critiqued the denomination’s minimizing and enabling of abuse.” “Sexism has long been part of the culture of Southern Baptists,” The Conversation, 3/6/19.

— Quoted: The “bogus, too-hasty effort” of the bylaws work group “is a good illustration of why Southern Baptists need an independent professionally-staffed review panel to assess clergy abuse reports…. There are countless more abuse survivors waiting in the wings for a safe place to report — or often to re-report — clergy perpetrators, and all of their allegations merit responsible inquiry.” “SBC leader steps down after newspaper expose about abuse and cover-up,” Baptist News Global, 3/4/19.

— In response to the resignation of SBC Executive Committee member Ken Alford, who claimed he was unfairly criticized, I said: “What’s ‘unfair’ is for any SBC insider group to presume to investigate the SBC’s own affiliated churches. And that’s an unfairness that harms children, both now and in the future.” “Southern Baptist official resigns, cites ‘unfair’ critiques of decision to end inquiries,” Houston Chronicle, 3/3/19.

— Christa Brown called it “a Saturday night massacre of hope for any near-term change on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention.” “Activists are outraged after SBC abruptly cancels investigations into 7 churches,” Relevant Magazine, 2/26/19.

— In response to the SBC’s Saturday evening statement clearing churches called out for disregard of sexual abuse, I described it as “a Saturday night massacre of hope for any near-term change on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention.” “Southern Baptist leadership quickly clears 7 churches, sparking outrage among victims,” Houston Chronicle, 2/25/19.

— When SBC leadership immediately cleared 7 of 10 churches that had been called out for “wanton disregard” of sexual abuse, I said it was “a perfect illustration of why, even if they tried, the Executive Committee itself could not possibly do responsible inquiries on abuse and cover-ups in the Southern Baptist Convention. These sorts of inquiries must be transparently conducted by an outside independent third-party who can bring to bear expertise, objectivity and credibility.” “SBC leadership group reserves judgment about churches named in media reports about abuse,” Baptist News Global, 2/25/19.

— “It’s so hard to have patience in this situation because so many people have been crying out for years — Christa Brown, me over the last year, advocates who have been saying these things for years,” said Jules Woodson. “‘People have been crying out for years…’ Survivors respond to SBC’s recommendations on abuse,” Sojourners, 2/22/19.

— Christa Brown and David Clohessy said there had been “far too many reports over the last year of Baptist clergy sex abuse and church cover-ups, indicating that both victims and churches need help.” “Look back: SNAP seeks ‘transparent’ study of clergy sex abuse,” EthicsDaily, 2/22/19.

— “Christa Brown, an abuse survivor and advocate, first suggested creation of a system to receive, evaluate and share information about known or credibly accused abusers in Southern Baptist life in 2006, said she would like to hear less talk from SBC leaders and more action.” “Abuse survivors, activists to rally ‘for such a time as this’ a second time,” Baptist News Global, 2/20/19.

— Christa Brown said the “SBC still has a long ways to go….J.D.Greear promised ‘bold steps.’ This isn’t bold. It’s bare-bones.” “Southern Baptists share strategic plan to address sexual abuse,” Huffington Post, 2/19/19.

— “If they can interfere with churches that hire women pastors or are too welcoming of LGBT people, why can’t they do anything about churches that keep sexually abusive pastors in the pulpit?” “Southern Baptist leader sorry he supported accused pastor,” Associated Press, 2/15/19. (reprinted in The Miami Herald, 2/15/19)

— In response to Al Mohler’s apology for having long supported C.J. Mahaney despite abuse cover-up accusations, I note that Mohler’s apology came only on the heels of massive media coverage, and suggest Mohler should return the $200,000 that Mahaney and SGM gave to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary or else donate it to an organization that aids abuse survivors. “Mohler regrets embrace of religious leader accused of hiding sex abuse,” Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/15/19.

— “God always sends warning before judgment. The SBC ignored the warning from the ‘prophetess’—Christa Brown. Now, the SBC is facing judgment.” “Warning always comes before judgment,” Dwight McKissic blog, 2/14/2019.

— My Houston Chronicle quote about the credentialing of Southern Baptist ministers makes a headline: “It’s a perfect profession for a con artist.” Longreads, February 2019.

— I’m quoted: “It’s a perfect profession for a con artist, because all he has to do is talk a good talk and convince people that he’s been called by God, and bingo, he gets to be a Southern Baptist minister. Then he can infiltrate the entirety of the SBC.” “Lack of central authority poses challenges for Southern Baptists amid abuse scandal,” Catholic News Agency, 2/13/19 (and in National Catholic Register).

— A shout-out to me and my book in Ms. Magazine! “From sexism to sex abuse in the Southern Baptist church,” by Susan Shaw, Ms. Magazine, 2/12/19.

— “Christa Brown told the Houston Chronicle that the SBC’s lack of protective policies for sex abuse victims is dangerous.” “Southern Baptist Convention presidents named in abuse poll,” Patheos, 2/11/19.

— “Christa Brown told the Houston Chronicle that SBC’s lack of protective policies is dangerous. ‘It’s a perfect profession for a con artist … Its a porous sieve of a denomination.'” “380 Southern Baptist leaders accused of sexually abusing 700 people over 20 years,” Christian Headlines, 2/11/19.

— “They have known about this. They have known for years…. they have held to a devil’s bargain of choosing institutional protection over the protection of children. So now, whatever nice-sounding words they may say, whatever so-called commitments they may profess, it is all as clanging cymbals. Only action will hold any meaning.” “Newspaper story on sexual abuse in SBC was a long time coming for activist Christa Brown,” Baptist News Global, 2/11/19.

— In massive investigative report on Southern Baptist clergy sex abuse and cover-ups, I’m quoted: “It’s a perfect profession for a con artist, because all he has to do is talk a good talk and convince people that he’s been called by God, and bingo, he gets to be a Southern Baptist minister…. Then he can infiltrate the entirety of the SBC…. It’s a porous sieve of a denomination.” “Abuse of Faith: 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms,” Houston Chronicle, 2/10/19.

— Quoted in “Investigation reveals rampant sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches,” by Hemant Mehta, Patheos, 2/10/19.

— “Say a prayer or send a kind thought or note to Christa Brown … who for years confronted complicit Baptist bureaucrats while compassionately listening to and helping Baptist victims. She’s a real hero.” David Clohessy, former SNAP national director, “Marking an odd ten year anniversary,” SNAP blog, 10/23/18.

— Quoted refuting Franklin Graham’s cavalier dismissal of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: “Sexual assault is not some ordinary ‘teenage’ thing…. These allegations must be fully vetted by people who are experts in dealing with allegations of sexual violence. To do anything less than that is to be dismissive of sexual assault and sends a terrible message.” “Preacher Franklin Graham claims Brett Kavanaugh abuse allegation is irrelevant,” Huffington Post, 9/19/18. (Requoted in “Franklin Graham says Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s abuse allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is irrelevant,” Inquisitr, 9/19/18.)

— When the kind of “justice” dished out by religious leaders is more akin to torture, and when court-administered forms of “justice” are mostly foreclosed, what’s left but to pursue some type of self-restorative “justice”? Harry Bruinius tells a small piece of my story, naming abusive minister Tommy Gilmore. “With no verdict, how survivors of child sex abuse find own sense of justice.” Christian Science Monitor, 9/18/18.

— Quoted on the subject of “what would justice look like” for clergy sex abuse survivors: “What finally underlies all forms of justice is truth…The need for truth within all these processes, within all these systems, within all these faith communities — and especially the need for truth within our very souls and our hearts.” “For survivors of priest child sex abuse, what would real justice look like,” Christian Science Monitor, 9/14/18.

— Author/activist Christa Brown says “evangelicals should create a new organization, operating independently of the local churches, to assess reports about sexual abuse committed by church officials.” “Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era,” Associated Press, 8/17/2018. [Reprinted in The Washington Post, 8/17/18, and in the Chicago Sun-Times, 8/17/18]

— Advocates recommend Christa Brown as an expert to the Southern Baptist Convention’s presidential advisory group on how to better prevent and respond to reports of sexual abuse. “Advocates seek transparent probe into alleged abuse failures by SBC,” Baptist News Global, 8/3/2018.

— In talking about the extraordinary work of Australia’s Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out that Christa Brown has long urged “something akin to a truth and reconciliation commission” on clergy sex abuse in this country. “Whether it’s an attorney general’s office or some other outside organization… yes, it is needed.” “Could a grand jury find sexual abuse among non-Catholic organizations? Religious leaders say yes,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/25/18. [Reprinted as “Victims’ advocates: Abuse not a ‘Catholic problem’,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/25/18.]

— Quoted stating that “very little” has changed “institutionally” since SNAP first wrote to the SBC in 2006: “I believe it is inevitable that, eventually, the denomination will cooperatively empower an independent review board that receives and archives abuse reports — hence, a database. Sadly, I think it will take many more wounded kids, many more high-profile scandals, and many more lawsuits. But someday — I do believe it is inevitable.” “Southern Baptists and #MeToo: Advocates for church sex abuse victims push for reform,” Salon, 6/18/2018.

— In responding to Al Mohler’s call for independent third-party investigations of abuse allegations, I’m quoted challenging him to make the same call with respect to his own faith group, the Southern Baptist Convention. An independent review board and archive of abuse reports “are still much-needed if this denomination wants to get real” about dealing responsibly with sexual abuse. This article provides a condensed history of efforts to foster accountability in the SBC and also tells my story. #AlMohlerToo: Did a Southern Baptist power broker just get woke?” Baptist News Global, 5/30/2018.

— Quoted at length in a story about a pastor’s serial abuse of teens at First Baptist Church of Modesto, the church cover-up, and the pastor’s continuing career at Highlands Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. “This pattern of protecting the ministry is one we’ve seen over and over in evangelical churches, and the time for change is long overdue.” “Back rubs with teen girls evolved into sex; another former Modesto pastor accused,” The Modesto Bee, 4/21/2018.

— Pointing out that SBC Executive Committee president Frank Page, who resigned in scandal due to a “morally inappropriate relationship,” was the same SBC official who had previously flung “unfounded and baseless accusations” at SNAP-Baptist and at Christa Brown, and that he did it “to avoid having to confront how widespread sex abuse is in his denomination and having to meaningfully track those abusers.” “Frank Page shows us what a mighty fine clean cup the SBC has,” Patheos, 4/3/2018.

— On the resignation of Southern Baptist Convention CEO Frank Page, I’m quoted: “… his legacy is also notable for how he disparaged and dismissed those who tried to bring to light clergy sex crimes against children….” (by publicly branding us as “opportunists”) “For many clergy sex abuse survivors, that hateful slur is what we will most remember about Frank Page — that and the fact that, on his watch, no one in SBC leadership would help us in seeking to warn others about abusive ministers.” “Southern Baptist leader steps down over moral ‘indiscretion’,” Baptist News Global, 3/28/2018.

— Responding to an evangelical pastor who urges complementarian theology for the prevention of sexual abuse, I’m quoted: “Because complementarian theology promotes a power differential between men and women, it fosters the sort of abuse of power that devolves into sexual abuse.” “Evangelical pastor claims traditional gender roles can prevent sexual abuse,” Huffington Post, 3/26/2018.

— In California story of a Baptist minister who had 30-year career in ministry even after others knew about his abuse of a kid, I’m quoted: “What about all the other people who knew, who for 30 years could have raised some question of whether this guy was fit to be working in a position of trust, and kept their mouths zipped…? Until the cover-uppers face consequences, this will keep happening.” “Former Modesto pastor placed on leave at Kansas City church,” The Modesto Bee, 3/1/2018.

— Quoted in case of Baptist clergy sex abuse cover-up in California: “The notion that you better forgive and the grace of God will redeem him is lovely sounding in the abstract, but it can get twisted to be enabling. There need to be consequences for cover-uppers.” “Teen said Modesto pastor abused her. Church ‘swept it under the rug’,” The Modesto Bee, 2/24/2018.

— On the subject of sexual abuse in evangelical churches, I’m quoted in the Huffington Post: “The toxicity of this combination — a lack of accountability structures and a patriarchal theology — taints evangelical culture at its very core…. What most evangelical groups now have is a system that tells abuse survivors to take their complaint to the local church ― i.e., the church of the accused pastor. This is akin to telling bloody sheep that they should go to the den of the wolf who savaged them.” “First woman to accuse Nassar says church can be one of ‘worst places’ to go for help,Huffington Post, 2/2/2018. (Reprinted at Yahoo News)

— The Washington Post quotes me as “an expert on church abuse scandals and coverups”: “Religious leaders use forgiveness theology as a cover and as an avoidance of accountability. And it’s a way of further shaming victims. … Faith can be a very powerful thing, and power without accountability is a dangerous thing.” “A pastor admitted a past ‘sexual incident’ with a teen … His congregation gave him a standing ovation,” Washington Post, 1/10/2018.

— In connection with the sexual abuse allegations against Paul Pressler, I’m quoted explaining how religiosity often gets used in the grooming process: “In the stories of scores of Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors, I have heard this sort of religious messaging used as a weapon for perpetrating terrible crimes against kids. When forged with the evil intent of a child molester, the voice of God’s authority creates a weapon more powerful than any gun for ensuring the quiet compliance of kids who have been raised in the faith community’s bubble.” “SBC leaders mostly mum on Pressler lawsuit, but bloggers fill the void,” Baptist News Global, 12/14/2017

— On the Baylor/Ken Starr scandal, I was quoted and my book referenced: “The Findings of Fact reveal patterns of institutional failure at Baylor that are similar to what we have seen in the handling of sexual assault allegations within many other organizations, including many Baptist organizations,” I said. “They are systemic and embedded patterns, and it will take a strong and long-continuing institutional commitment to eradicate them.” “Baylor shake-up continues with Starr’s resignation,” Baptist News Global, 6/1/2016.

— In connection with a proposed resolution “on sexual predation in the Southern Baptist Convention,” linked to my column and stated, “Christa Brown discusses the limits of that resolution, and what more the SBC needs to do.”, “The Revolution is just a T-shirt away,” 4/20/2016.

— Law professor, religion-writer, and former sex-crimes prosecutor Boz Tchvidjian quotes from my book in his “Rhymes with Religion” column about the dynamics of spousal abuse in connection with the case of NFL player Ray Rice. “How some churches support spousal abuse,” Religion News Service, 9/12/2014.

— In discussing how Southern Baptist churches often demonize those who attempt to report clergy abuse and allow predatory clergy to church-hop, I state: “Until Southern Baptist leaders can honestly acknowledge the wrong in what they have done in the past and until they will hold accountable those pastors who have covered up for clergy sex crimes, no one should expect the future in Baptistland to be any different.” “Trial shines light on alleged abuse cover-up,” ABP News, 5/14/2014.

— My book, This Little Light, is quoted by Rachel Marie Stone in a Religion News Service article: “One of the saddest aspects of clergy sex abuse is that it not only inflicts the grievous trauma of sexual abuse but it simultaneously yanks a powerful resource for healing.” “A new haven opens for survivors of clergy sexual abuse,” Religion News Service, 3/14/2014.

—  My book, This Little Light, is described by Religion News Service writer Boz Tchividjian in his column, “A church silent in the face of evil is no church at all.” Religion News Service, 2/14/2014.

— From an article by Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates: “Christa Brown… suggests that SBC leaders have not created mechanisms for disciplining those who ‘cover-up for the unspeakable crimes of their colleagues,’ either because they are afraid or because they just don’t care. She also observes that there is no denominational process for assessing clergy abuse reports, keeping records of ministerial abuses, or providing a way to inform congregations about accused ministers. ‘One of the best ways to protect children in the future,’ Brown concludes, ‘is to hear the voices of those who are attempting to tell about abuse in the past. Those voices almost always carry ugly, hard truths – truths about not only the preacher-predators but also about the many others who turned a blind eye or who were complicit in covering up for clergy child molestations.’ “When the ‘Family Values’ agenda includes child sex abuse,”, 1/27/2014.

—  Quoted on the subject of a $12.5 million clergy sex abuse verdict against the Florida Baptist Convention: “Cases such as this are what it will take for kids to eventually gain better protection against preacher-predators in the Southern Baptist Convention…. I believe it is only a matter of time before courts will recognize that, in the context of clergy sex abuse, Southern Baptists are distorting their doctrine of local church autonomy so as to make it function as a legal strategy for minimizing the risk of liability rather than as a true religious doctrine. When courts finally recognize that reality, Baptist denominational entities will not be protected against their long, immoral and unconscionable history of do-nothingness in the face of clergy abuse reports.” “Lawyer: Abuse verdict possible game-changer,” Associated Baptist Press, 1/22/2014.

— “A leading advocate for victims of sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention offered a remarkable idea. Christa Brown of Stop Baptist Predators suggested a Truth and Reconciliation commission, modeled on the one that helped South Africans put the horrors of apartheid behind them, might also help the Southern Baptist Convention come to grips with its child sex abuse scandal.” Frederick Clarkson, Child Sex Abuse Crisis of the Religious Right Grows, Daily Kos, 12/10/2013.

— Quoted extensively on the subject of why outsiders are essential to any organizational system of accountability in Rick Cohen’s article on “The Dangers of Keeping Organizational Secrets.” Nonprofit Quarterly, 11/7/2013.

— In “Evangelicals behind Catholics on Abuse,” my book is referenced and I’m quoted talking about “many of us who were abused by the sexual predation of evangelical ministers and re-abused by the bullying of other evangelical leaders who wanted to keep the abuse quiet.” Baptist News Global, 9/27/2013. Also in Evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sexual abuse,” Christian Century, 10/10/2013.

— Quoted extensively by award-winning religion writer Peter Smith on evangelicals’ need for something akin to a “Truth and Reconciliation” Commission for confronting clergy sex abuse in their ranks. “Evangelicals urged to confront sexual abuse,” Louisville Courier-Journal, 8/15/2013.

— Quoted on the subject of the SBC’s 2013 annual convention, calling it “another year of Baptist do-nothingness” on clergy sex abuse and noting that Southern Baptists promised nothing but prayer for clergy abuse survivors. Associated Baptist Press, 6/14/2013,

— “‘I just can’t imagine a more recalcitrant church hierarchy’, Clohessy commented … after witnessing interactions between Southern Baptist Convention leaders and SNAP’s then-Baptist representative, Christa Brown. ‘I’ve seen Baptist officials be stunningly cruel to her — in person and in print.'” “SNAP leader shames Mahaney supporters,” Associated Baptist Press, 5/30/2013.

— Quoted by Rachel Marie Stone in a PRISM Magazine article, stating:  “It is a huge blind-eyed mistake for faith communities to seek to explain the harm of clergy sex abuse by focusing only on the clergy perpetrators. Faith communities must take a hard look in the mirror and begin to see the ways that they themselves inflict egregious additional wounds through complicity and a failure of compassion.” PRISM Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2013

— Quoted on the case of a multi-accused Missouri Baptist pastor who remains in the pulpit, preaching that people’s “salvation is conditional” on how well they forgive. I said: “When a Southern Baptist church faces a crisis like this, the easiest thing to do is just to let the guy go — he moves to a different state, gets a job at another church, and there’s no record of his actions. If a minister isn’t literally sitting in prison, he can find a Southern Baptist pulpit to stand in.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/9/2012

— Quoted on the subject of a church’s First Amendment defense: “Merely because something may be legally possible doesn’t make it morally right.” Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/27/2012

— An article on “Millennials losing their religion” quotes my book as saying that clergy sex abuse is a “soul-murdering” offense. Associated Baptist Press, 6/25/2012

— Quoted: “It will take the long dogged development of the law to eventually prod [the Southern Baptist Convention] into action.” Associated Baptist Press, 6/12/2012

— Quoted and my book referenced in article about $12.5 million verdict in sexual abuse case. “The denomination must provide a safe place where clergy abuse survivors can make a report with a reasonable expectation of being objectively and compassionately heard.” “Florida Baptist Convention found liable for former pastor,” Orlando Sentinel, May 17, 2012.

— Provides a brief description of what happened in my case: “It is the community that often causes even more harm than the molesting minister …. She contacted 18 Baptist leaders in churches, state conventions and the SBC, and all responded it was not in their job description.” “Advocate says Baptists ill-equipped to address sexual abuse by clergy,” Associated Baptist Press, 10/14/2011

— Quoted saying that a church’s legal argument for privilege with respect to information about suspected child sex abuse was “tenuous.” And “even if it is a possibility as a legal argument, that doesn’t necessarily make it a morally right argument, particularly when it’s an argument being asserted by the church. ” Associated Baptist Press, 9/1/2011

— Investigation Discovery’s “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones” interviewed me as an expert on Baptist clergy sex abuse for its “Twist of Faith” program about “murdering minister” Matt Baker. The program aired on April 28 and May 1, 2011.

— In its March 10, 2011 issue, Réforme magazine published a profile story about my book, This Little Light, and about clergy sex abuse among Southern Baptists. Réforme is the largest Protestant publication in France. Kudos to journalist Alexis Buisson for a stellar article! You can read an English translation of it here.

— Reporting that, for her efforts, Brown was “publicly branded” by top SBC officials. “Though the stories of clergy sex abuse victims may be deeply troubling, in truth, we bring a gift to the faith community,” I say. “Church honors advocate for abuse victims,” Associated Baptist Press, 12/7/10.

— The French book review magazine, Books, published a review of my book, This Little Light, titled “L’Eglise Baptiste, Paradis des Pedophiles.” Books, Nov. 21, 2010.

— On April 14, 2010, Jaime Romo, of Healing and Spirituality, interviewed me about my book, This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang.

— “Unless and until there is a safe place to which the victims themselves can report abuse with some reasonable expectation of being objectively heard … everything else will be window dressing.” “Southern Baptists elect president, dismiss abuse database,” Religion News Service, June 11, 2008.

— “Southern Baptist officials have made a response that amounts to little more than a Band-aid on a spouting femoral artery. If a man can remain a Southern Baptist minister until he is convicted and shows up on a sex-offender registry, then this sets a terrifyingly low standard for Southern Baptist clergy.” “SBC officials recommend against national database of clergy sex offenders,” EthicsDaily, June 11, 2008.

— The Associated Press quotes me: “Having a review board that would assess the credibility of allegations against clergy could be a great resource for local churches, especially small churches. It doesn’t step on the toes of local churches. It helps local churches.” “Southern Baptists elect a president, reject sex-abuse database,” USA Today, June 10, 2008.

— Eileen Flynn of the Austin American-Statesman writes my story, names abusive minister Tommy Gilmore, and describes me as “the public face” of Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors. In the Southern Baptist Convention, she says, “the buck stops nowhere.” “Crusader confronts Baptists on abuse,” Austin American-Statesman, June 9, 2008.

— I ask: “Why was there not one other person in that all-white, all-male room who would even call his colleague on the carpet for such harsh language directed at a Baptist clergy abuse survivor…. Any wonder that victims don’t report abuse? It’s the same ‘kick-the-messenger’ pattern in most churches.” “Clergy sex abuse survivor questions fairness of SBC Executive Committee study,” EthicsDaily, September 21, 2007.

— For program aired in April 2007, ABC 20/20 interviews me for its show on “Preacher Predators.” (link shows parts 1, 2 and 3)

— My story, naming abusive minister Tommy Gilmore. I’m quoted: “No one wants to see a repeat of the Catholic sex-abuse and cover-up scandal, but unless Southern Baptists start dealing with the problem effectively and compassionately, that may happen.” “Group asks Southern Baptists to address clergy sex abuse,” EthicsDaily, 2/19/2007.

“Lawsuit charges sexual abuse of teen by Florida Baptist minister,” Orlando Sentinel, 10/22/2005.