Module D – Situational and Organizational Factors Related to Sexual Abuse For Seminary Students and Faculty, Parishes and Dioceses. Situational and Organizational Factors Related to Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests. Main Sources of Data.
Module D – Situational and Organizational Factors Related to Sexual Abuse
For Seminary Students and Faculty, Parishes and Dioceses
Situational and Organizational Factors Related to Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests
Reports presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by the John Jay College Research Team, The City University of New York*
* The two reports are based on data supplied by 97 percent of U.S. archdioceses and dioceses on all clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors
I. Situational Factors:
Settings and Circumstances
of Sexual Abuse
* % Based on Nature and Scope and victim survey of 7,142 boys and 1,762 girls.
* Categories are not mutually exclusive, as victims may have experienced abuse in more than one location.
II. Organizational Factors
Related to Abuse
* Based on Nature and Scope victim surveys of 7,864 boys and 1,863 girls.
To prevent or identify abuse, education of potential victims, potential abusers, and potential “guardians” is essential since abuse can occur when these three factors exist:
A capable guardian is one who has oversight and awareness of a child’s wellbeing, most often parents
Precautions to lessen conditions for sexual abuse to occur during meetings with children:
- Priests’ Primary Duty or Role at Time of Abuse
Link to USCCB – http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/charter.cfm
Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas
Technical Associate: Catherine Slight
Dr. Karen Terry and Margaret Smith, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, authors of major studies on sexual abuse for the USCCB;
Dr. Mary Gautier, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate