Lets just say that I am a lapsed CATHOLIC. Nothing ever happened to my related to the Church but I take exception to their stonewalling on every issue put forth. They are more interested in their money,power and sanctimounious holier than though attitude. God will they never learn.
God, I hope so!...
Mike I take exception to this "stonewalling" too.
Most of all, of course, becuz it hurts survivors & encourages further perpetrations.
Also, becuz this gives all churches & ministers a bad name that most of them don't deserve. Which also hurts survivors & encourages further perpetrations becuz people may be needlessly scared away from potentially a source of help in the churches and ministers.
It's notoriously hard to track down stats on this, and stats are only of limited reliability to be sure.
Nevertheless according to what stats I can find (and this refers to SA of children not adults), about 85% of perps are either family members, relatives, neighbors and/or family friends.
This leaves approximately 15% of sex offenders who could be ministers. Or they could be coaches, Scout troop leaders or parents, educators, daycare workers, babysitters (as 2 of my perps were), or co-workers or dates with adolescents.
Or strangers, which make up another about 5% of perps, leaving actually about 10% for all of the above & others.
So a high estimate, based granted on these limited stats (I'd welcome knowing about more & perhaps differing ones), would be that about 5% of perps are ministers, even if you include those who cover their sorry arses as sex offenders, which in my mind I do. Still, I doubt that high, given the sheer numbers of perps among the others named above, and others unnamed.
This is not a defense of perpetrating ministers! As a long-time Christian, who has been active in church ministry & service to the community, who was helping survivors before I even knew I was one myself, you can count on me to be one of the last ones to defend clergy sex offenders or churches & church officials who cover for them!
I deeply resent their abuse of others, and the black eye they give to all churches and to Jesus Christ Himself! A black eye that SA survivors may see, and turn the other way, perhaps from a place where they could really get help (For instance the support group I've started in meets in and is highly supported by a church, tho of course this is not common knowledge.)
If it was 0.00000000001% of perps who were clergy,
it would still be just as horribly wrong. And yes I do think it's worse when clergy perpetrated SA, becuz they above all should know better, and should be the ones helping the abused, and offering safe sanctuary from abuse, and good nurturing in Christ's Church.
One perpetration is one perpetration too many, whether the perp is a priest or a papa or a president!
God I hope they all learn!
And I do hope it starts especially in the church, as it should!
Thanks Mike and anyone else if you read & tolerated all these ramblings for what they're worth.