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- Last week, Minick read articles covering how SBC and others reached a confidential settlement in a six-year suit accusing Pressler of sex abuse and alleging that others including First Baptist Church of Houston were responsible for covering up crimes. 

- "It just left me wondering who all knew and what else are they hiding," Minick said Monday, expressing frustration that the case would never reach its February trial date. It was his belief that SBC had "calculated the cost of the cost of settlement versus trial and did what they had to do to protect themselves and there was no concern for victims or integrity. It was all just self-preservation. No question."

- In the New Year, current and former Southern Baptists have held debates on social media about a sharpening division among members amid the ongoing scandal. The focus of online conversation surrounds Gareld Duane Rollins Jr., Pressler's former aide, who in 2017 sued the SBC and prominent institutions and leaders in Harris County district court. Rollins, once a 14-year-old member of the SBC in the late 1970s, alleged that Pressler, then a church youth group leader in his 40s, began raping him during his teen years. Rollins alleged Pressler abused him off and on until 2003.

- Rollins also accused the SBC, its executive committee, the First Baptist Church of Houston and Jared Woodfill, the ex-Harris County GOP chair and Pressler's law partner who is now vying for the House District 138 seat, of keeping the alleged abuses secret. 

- After six years of court proceedings and delays, Texas Tribune reporter Robert Downen broke the story on Friday that the SBC and its executive committee had reached a settlement in the suit despite being "fully prepared to proceed to trial." (Downen was part of the Houston Chronicle team that wrote the "Abuse of Faith" investigation that led to reforms in the SBC and an ongoing Department of Justice investigation.) 

- Anne Marie Miller, who previously told the Houston Chronicle her story of being abused by a top SBC missionary while she was a teen, said in direct messages on X that she was "glad there is financial repercussions" and that she believed the victims were deserving of a settlement. "I'm also left broken as many will never experience anything like that, and the fact it had to come to this to begin with reinforces such sorrow I feel," added Miller, who is now a hospice registered nurse in Dallas-Fort Worth.

- Another advocate, Christa Brown, who said she began alerting SBC leaders of sex abuse allegations decades ago after she was sexually abused by a youth minister at her Southern Baptist church in Texas when she was a teen, said Monday that she felt "so happy" for Rollins.

 "The people of the Southern Baptist Convention, who will probably never say it, but they owe this man an enormous thank you," said Brown, a retired appellate attorney now living in Colorado. Rollins "brought more truth to the table that all of the pontificating poobahs than all of the Southern Baptist Convention combined. He is the person that brought them a measure of truth. All of those men standing in their pulpits weren't doing that. They were covering it up. There was no transparency there. There is a lot we would not know but for this lawsuit having been brought."