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Woman Claims Evangelical Seminary Leader Shamed Her When She Reported Campus Rape

Jun 24, 2019

By Carol Kuruvilla

Paige Patterson, a prominent Southern Baptist who was fired from a Texas seminary last year for mishandling sex abuse allegations, is now being sued by a former student who claims he failed her when she sought help after multiple campus rapes.

The former student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), identified in court documents as “Jane Roe,” claims Patterson threatened and humiliated her when she reported being stalked and raped on multiple occasions by a fellow student.

The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas in March but was unsealed on Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Patterson was once a towering figure in the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination. A former convention president, he’s credited with steering the denomination toward greater conservatism.

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