Experts estimate that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 8 boys under the age of 18 will be involved in some form of forced sexual experience with an adult.
Quick Facts about Clergy Abuse:
- Sexual abuse is against the law. It is a serious crime, and it should be stopped.
- All people have the right to feel safe from forced or tricked touch to their private parts (sexual abuse).
- The victim of sexual abuse is not to blame. It is NEVER the child’s fault. Nobody asks to be sexually abused.
- Always believe the child who discloses sexual abuse. Children NEVER lie about this problem.
- In order for the sexual abuse to stop, it is necessary to TELL SOMEONE YOU TRUST.
- If a trusted relative or friend [or clergy member]has difficulty believing that the sexual abuse occurred, you can seek outside help:
- Police– To report sexual abuse.
- C.E.S. Children’s Emergency Services– to report sexual abuse.
Clergy Child Abuse
Suits have arisen in two dozen states against priests and other clerics for sexual assaults on children. Several hundred lawsuits have already been settled for Millions against the Boston Catholic Archdiocese alone. These cases of child abuse are not limited to the Catholic Church even though they have gotten most of the headlines lately. Authorities in several states are now demanding the church organizations to divulge the names of suspected pedophiles. Literally hundreds of abuse victims have had the courage to step forward in recent months in various locales. Clerics are now also being held accountable in criminal courts for their actions.