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Author Anne Marie Miller was 16 years old when she was abused by a Southern Baptist Church seminary student and youth pastor, Mark Aderholt, who later went on to be a prominent missionary with the International Mission Board, the mission arm of the Southern Baptist Church.
In 2007, Anne reported her abuse to leaders at the IMB. They conducted an internal investigation which determined she had been abused. However, instead of reporting the abuse to authorities and making sure her abuser would not be in positions of leadership in the church anymore, they allowed the man to resign and to continue pastoring, saying they could face potential lawsuits if they disclosed the abuse. He eventually was promoted to an executive in the South Carolina SBC, where he resigned shortly before his arrest in July 2018.
His arrest arrived at the pinnacle of several other scandals within the SBC denomination. Days after his arrest, SBC President Dr. JD Greear formed a sexual abuse study group and pledged to make significant changes in policies in the SBC in regard to sexual abuse. Currently, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is proposing the revoking of degrees awarded to students who violate their ethical and moral bylaws, and a bill is in the Texas House that would allow faith-based organizations to disclose credible abuse accusations in order to prevent predators from moving along church-to-church.
While these steps are positive changes in the SBC, church leaders and loved ones are often ill-equipped and not resourced on how to help survivors in appropriate ways. This is the goal of Miller's book: equipping supporters & survivors w/trauma-informed resources.