The Houston Chronicle recently released a scathing investigative report about sexual abuse that occurred in the Southern Baptist Convention, over the course of 20 years. In a follow-up story, an NBC News affiliate spoke with Professor Lesley Wexler about what actions might be taken by the church as a result of the allegations.
"Sometimes institutions reform when massive bad behavior is brought to light and sometimes they don’t," she said. "If you think about the Catholic Church and the aftermath of the Boston Globe reporting, even today we don’t see them being as nearly as proactive as they should be."
Asked what else the Southern Baptist Convention could do to protect churchgoers, Wexler said "they could be more explicit about the conditions under which they ought to break off affiliations with local churches who hire people with allegations against them."
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