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An exhausting week, between @HoustonChron series & other stmts, apologies, denials. But there’s 1 paragraph in Dr. Mohler’s stmt on Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s website we need to note, as several on Twitter have done, the first I saw being @JJ_Denhollander--thanks! 1
"Some will question whether the force of public pressure explains the timing of my statement and its public nature. In all candor, this pressure is no doubt part of that explanation. That fact should serve to encourage survivors and their advocates to maintain such pressure." 2

Keep this going, survivors, advocates, bloggers! 3
In one way, it was surprising this week to see such a flood of tweets and blog articles that reposted archived documents, articles, videos, etc., giving evidence to how long and how deep the Mohler-Mahaney-SBC-SBTS-SGM/SGC-TGC-T4G industrial complex had been going on. 4
In another way, it’s perfectly understandable. Part of advocacy and of survivors sharing their experiences involves drawing together information and documentation. Many SGM survivors and family members and their advocates have done this for decades; others of us, for years. 5
Survivor stories makes a difference. They really, really do. The truth being posted can’t make anyone change, but it can make it harder (if not impossible) for them to keep hiding. “That fact should serve to encourage survivors and their advocates to maintain such pressure.” 6
I remember in the movie *Spotlight* how Mike Rezendes, one of the reporters on the team, feels they need to stop researching and start publishing, as they have the full story on one of the child-abusing priests. But their editor, Marty Baron, tells them they need to keep going. 7
If they want to promote prevention, they have to crack the system of cover-up that allows abuser priests to keep on abusing. One story and justice, or the whole system and get both justice and prevention. 8
It’s taken a lot of people persevering a long time to get breakthrough like survivors did this week. More to go, but it’s a significant turning point in perhaps both justice and prevention. 9

#SBCToo #istandwithsgmvictims

Thank you to @RobDownenChron @chrondigger @John_Tedesco
This thread adapted from a comment I posted on The Wartburg Watch. Thank you Dee/@wartwatch for being one of the long-time resources for abuse survivors, family, friends, advocates. 10

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