Following Nashville meeting, Southern Baptist leaders apologize to sex abuse survivor
(Associated Press) — A top Southern Baptist committee has publicly apologized and agreed to a confidential financial settlement with a sexual abuse survivor.
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee chair made the announcement Tuesday during a meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
He says the committee “acknowledges its failure to adequately listen, protect and care for Jennifer Lyell when she came forward with her story of abuse by a seminary professor.”
Instead of stating she had been abused, the SBC’s official news source initially reported she was involved in a “morally inappropriate relationship” with her former professor.
Lyell says she is grateful for the resolution, but it does not restore the damage to her reputation.