Southern Baptist Pastor Abuse: David Pittman

 
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Survivor David Pittman was raped and assaulted repeatedly by his church's music pastor from ages 12 to 15 in the 80s. The abuser was Pastor Frankie Wiley, and it started during all-boy sleepovers. David reported the abuse to police two decades later, but the statute of limitations expired. He reported the abuse to church leaders, and they told him to keep quiet and that they would pray for him.

Southern Baptists make up the largest protestant denomination in the United States with more than 3,370 Southern Baptist churches in Georgia alone. Nationwide, Southern Baptist churches have 14 million members nationwide.

Resources for survivors:

RAINN 24/7 Support: 1-800-656-4673 and rainn.org

Survivor-created websites: https://baptistaccountability.org/ and http://stopbaptistpredators.org/index.htm

Together We Heal: https://together-we-heal.org/

Ministry Watch: https://ministrywatch.com/

Together We Heal: https://together-we-heal

Contact the Safeguarding Teams Initiative at GRACE: https://www.netgrace.org/

Sources:

Houston Chronicle: Abuse of Faith | Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News investigation reveals decades of sexual abuse from Southern Baptist church leaders, volunteers | HoustonChronicle.com - Houston Chronicle

Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Shiela Poole https://www.ajc.com/news/survivor-of-sexual-abuse-in-sbc-church-wants-action-over-words/62JFJY6AL5AMZOIPODXRXAFWAY/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southern-baptist-abuse-report-survivor-speaks-out/

https://togetherweheal.net/category/david-pittman/

https://ministrywatch.com/tag/dave-pittman/

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/do-you-know-how-to-listen-to-a-survivors-story-ff315934ea73

https://sbcvoices.com/sbc-survivor-stories-will-the-church-be-a-haven-or-a-hunting-ground-by-dave-pittman/

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