By Brandon Parker
NASHVILLE — The independent third-party review of the SBC Executive Committee is underway, according to Bruce Frank, chair of the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force. Frank said the contract among the task force, Guidepost Solutions and Rolland Slade, on behalf of the EC, has been signed.
“There are some small details to work out, like the Cooperation Committee, but Guidepost is at work,” Frank said.
Members of the EC agreed to waive attorney client privilege at a special called meeting Oct. 5. The motion called for the waiving of privilege for “an investigation into any allegations of abuse, mishandling of abuse, mistreatment of victims, a pattern of intimidation of victims or advocates, and resistance to sexual abuse reform initiatives.” The investigation will look into “the actions and decisions of staff and members of the Executive Committee from January 1, 2000 to June 14, 2021.”
The contract calls for the creation of a Cooperation Committee to act as a liaison between Guidepost and the EC. The committee will consist of two members of the EC chosen by Slade, two members of the EC chosen by the task force and will be led by SBC President Ed Litton. Members of the Cooperation Committee will be selected from among those who were first appointed to the EC in June 2021.
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