Sex abuse whistleblower bill progressing

Monday, May 20, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2The Texas Senate is considering a bill that would shield churches and non-profits from lawsuits if they warn other businesses that a former employee was credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

State Representative Scott Sanford (R) introduced H.B. 3809 in part to protect non-profits in the state, including churches, from being sued if they disclose credible allegations of sexual misconduct of a past employee to a current prospective employee.

"Currently there's a culture in the charitable organization world of not disclosing negative information to the next employer," laments Sanford. "I believe you will find a culture that is advised by attorneys, 'Just don't say anything negative to avoid lawsuits.'"

His measure unanimously passed out of the House and is now in a Senate committee.

"We can change the culture to where it's okay for lawyers to tell their clients in the church world or charitable organization world, 'Go ahead … you tell what really happened, particularly if it's in the area of sexual misconduct, and you'll be protected by law if you make that effort in good faith,'" the state representative submits.

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In February the Houston Chronicle published a three-part investigative report that found dozens of sexual predators had been under the supervision of Southern Baptist Churches in The Lone Star State, and some had made the rounds to other organizations after getting caught abusing young people. Sandford says his bill aims to stop that practice.

"Then the culture changes, and now we're disclosing, and we're talking between charitable organizations to help keep predators from perpetuating their crimes," he tells OneNewsNow.

Sanford adds that if the non-profit is not acting in good faith or is careless in accusing a former employee of sexual misconduct, then all bets are off, and the church or non-profit can be sued for libel.

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