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Hundreds of Catholic priests are expected to be implicated in alleged child abuse in Ireland in a major report released today.
Originally posted by Nammu
Or does the catholic church perhaps encourage child abuse? When it's so rife within an organisation it would make you think they might be encouraging it.
Originally posted by searching4truth
Yes, it is a shame on the church for covering up the sexual abuse that did occur, but at least here, there has been an over reporting by people that were simply hoping to collect money off of a false story. If you look at the stats of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church vs. other religions or sects it isn't any higher, it just seems to be more interesting.
Here are a few of the highlights.
US clerics accused of abuse from 1950-2002: 4,392.
About 4% of the 109,694 serving during those 52 years.
Individuals making accusations: 10,667.
Victims' ages: 5.8% under 7; 16% ages 8-10; 50.9% ages 11-14; 27.3% ages 15-17.
Victims' gender: 81% male, 19% female
Duration of abuse: Among victims, 38.4% said all incidents occurred within one year; 21.8% said one to two years; 28%, two to four years; 11.8% longer.
Victims per priest: 55.7% with one victim; 26.9% with two or three; 13.9% with four to nine; 3.5% with 10 or more (these 149 priests caused 27% of allegations).
Abuse locations: 40.9% at priest's residence; 16.3% in church; 42.8% elsewhere.
Known cost to dioceses and religious orders: $572,507,094 (does not include the $85 million Boston settlement and other expenses after research was concluded). (Hartford Courant, 2/27/04)
There is a reason WHY so many people in "power" are those types of people, corrupt etc.
These kind of people have more of an urge to seek these postitions of power than the average nice guy, they love being in power because of their big ego etc.