Christa Brown, who has pushed for changes in how the denomination handles abuse cases, maintained her own public list of some 170 “credibly accused” Southern Baptist ministers. She watched the executive committee meeting online on Tuesday and said she was gratified by the announcement.

But she said she was “dumbfounded” by how long it took.

“All these years when I was doing advocacy work, constantly pleading with them to create a database of credibly accused clergy sex abusers, and over and over, endlessly and constantly the response was, ‘We can’t do it,’” she said. “Lo and behold, they’re keeping a list and simply keeping it secret.”

Ms. Brown says she was sexually abused when she was 16 by a youth minister at her Southern Baptist church. She repeatedly attempted to alert denominational leadership to her abuse but was ignored and rebuffed in correspondence included in the report released this week. Ms. Brown’s alleged abuser, meanwhile, moved on to another church in the denomination.

Committee members also voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to issue a statement denouncing a letter Mr. Boto sent to Ms. Brown and other advocates in 2006, in which he said that “continued discourse” would “not be positive or fruitful.”

In its statement today, the committee said that it “rejects this sentiment in its entirety,” and that it views engaging with survivors “as a critical step toward healing our Convention from the scourge of sexual abuse and working to avoid its continued impact on our loved ones, their families, and our network of churches.”

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