Former Members of The Life Church in Virginia Push for Law Making Clergy Mandatory Reporters of Child Sex Abuse After Youth Pastor is Convicted of Sexually Abusing a Minor

Jordan Baird, 25. | (Photo: Tumblr/Jordan Baird via @nhunguyen)

Three former members of The Life Church in Virginia are now pushing for a law in that state to designate clergy as mandatory reporters of child sex abuse.

Hannah Hudson, Liz Thomasson and Kristin Frazier attended The Life Church where Jordan Baird, a son of Pastors David and Jo Ann Baird, was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old church member almost a year ago. Baird, who’s a former youth pastor, was also re-arrested and accused of abusing another teenager in 2014. Jordan is expected to face trial for that case in February, according to FOX 5.

Hudson said she was subpoenaed to testify in the first case “because of inappropriate texts that Jordan had sent me a few years back.”

Prior to their experience with Baird’s case, the former church members told the network that they didn’t realize clergy weren’t required to report suspected cases of child sex abuse in Virginia, so they set out on a mission to change that.

“Basically just went office to office [at the state capitol] just to see if anybody would bite,” Hudson said.

Thomasson said they were inspired to push for change after the struggle they went through to hold Baird accountable.

Victims alleged in statements that they were treated poorly when they confronted Jordan and his family about his crimes.

One victim said the Baird family aligned themselves with Satan to demonize her when they sought to hold him accountable for sexually abusing her. Instead of helping to provide comfort and justice, she said the church tried to cover-up what the former youth pastor did and turned the congregation against them.

“There was a lot of hurt and anger that I had for a long time that, thankfully, was then channeled into this energy,” Thomasson said. “To say, ‘I still can make change.’ I can’t make change (at Life Church), but I can protect children other ways.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair