Prominent Baptist Sued for Mistreating Victim

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

June 21, 2019

A brave woman is suing the former head of a Baptist seminary for trying to intimidate her when she reported being raped. We applaud her courage and hope others with information or suspicions about the minister come forward.

Paige Patterson, who ran Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, is accused of trying to “prevent (victim Jane Roe’s) accusations from coming to light.” This is entirely consistent with what we know about Patterson, a man who was terminated by the SBTS previously for his attempts to “break down” a rape victim.

Lawsuits like this will help deter future callousness towards victims and deceit by employers. We hope this brave survivor’s case will prevail. But regardless of the legal outcome, she has already helped victims of violence an enormously by stepping forward and exposing wrongdoing. We hope her example inspires others who have been intimidated into silence to step forward, make a report, and start healing.

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