Gilyard, 49, said he accepted the late January offer to preach at Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church because he needed money and felt God calling him back into ministry. We'll be taking the rally to their front door.
Reports of sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement officials as required by law. What we're talking about is criminal. Prior to that, he worked as a business reporter in Albany, New York, and as the managing editor of a group of six newspapers in Illinois.
In andhe asked SBC leaders to study sexual abuse in churches and bring prevention measures to a vote at the SBC's annual meeting. In an interview, he expressed "sorrow" about some of the newspapers' findings but said the convention's leadership can do only so much to stop sexual abuses. Church leadership shunned her, asked her to get an abortion and, when she said no, threatened her and her child, she said.
In Texas, we visited more than a dozen county courthouses.
We're calling on concerned people everywhere to visit the database site and submit any confessed, convicted or credibly accused predators. But after she told Young she already had called police, he hung up and "we never heard from him again," she said in an interview.
Defensive responses from church leaders rank among the worst things the abused can endure, says Harvey Rosenstock, a Houston psychiatrist who has worked for decades with victims and perpetrators of clergy sexual abuse. Gilyard said he feels he's being called back into eventual church leadership and feels liberated by the fact that everyone knows about his criminal background.
Prosecutors, convicted pastors discuss sexual assault. They left behind more than victims, many of them shunned by their churches, left to themselves to rebuild their lives.