Woman sues former SBC leader Paige Patterson, accusing him of threatening her for reporting rape – HoustonChronicle.com

Paige Patterson, the former Southern Baptist Convention president who was recently removed as a seminary head for his handling of sex abuse claims, is being sued by a woman who says he threatened, intimidated and humiliated her after she reported multiple rapes to him. The woman, a former student of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who is listed as “Jane Roe” in the suit, accuses Patterson of shaming and ignoring her after she said she was repeatedly stalked and raped at gunpoint by a male seminary student in 2014 and 2015. The 34-page suit, filed in a Texas federal court last month and unsealed Thursday, also lists Southwestern seminary as a defendant. It details meetings in which Patterson allegedly threatened the woman’s family and asked if her attacker had “ejaculated” during the alleged rapes. Patterson “seemed to enjoy making Roe even more uncomfortable with his questions” and “callously rejected” her requests for prayers or help with medical expenses, the suit says. Patterson also told Roe that the rape was a “good thing” because “the right man would not care if she was a virgin or not,” and disclosed the abuses to seminary faculty without her consent, according to the suit. Patterson served two terms as the president of the SBC, the nation’s second-largest faith group. He is among the most influential evangelical leaders in recent history, having orchestrated a conservative takeover that pushed the SBC to adopt literal translations of the Bible. On HoustonChronicle.com: Read our investigation into Southern Baptist sexual abuse The suit offers new details on the allegations made by the woman,…
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