Church sexual abuse just as likely for girls

May 03, 2013

Young girls are just as likely as young boys to be sexually abused by a member of the clergy, a new QUT study has shown.

The report, 'They Did Not Believe Me': Adult Survivors' Perspectives of Child Sexual Abuse by Personnel in Christian Institutions, is the first of its kind in Australia relying on rather than church data.

Dr Jodi Death from QUT's Crime and Justice Research Centre said the results, published yesterday, contradicted previous studies showing young boys were more likely to be sexually assaulted in the church.

"Past studies, which have relied on the church's data, have shown that boys are represented in about 80 per cent of sexual abuse cases, but we saw an almost even split (49 percent male and 51 per cent female)," Dr Death said.

"It may be because traditionally women and girls had a lesser position and voice in the church so the abuse against girls is less likely to be recorded.

"Theologically, the responsibility for the abuse falls in a different area. With the boys there is the construction of the issue as , which is then dealt with as a sin."

The report also shows that the majority of sexual abuse against (54 per cent) occurred between the ages of 6 and 10, while abuse against males most commonly (48 per cent) took place when they were aged between 11 and 13.

"It also concerned me how deep the impact has been," she said.

"The comments from the participants show the depth of not just the abuse, but also the 're-abuse'- the way it was dealt with by authorities and the church."

Dr Death said her survey was also the first to look at 'non-denominational' abuse within Christian institutions, although 80 per cent of the 81 participants said their abuse was at the hands of clergy within the .

"In 60 per cent of the cases it was also found that the clergy were deliberately targeting vulnerable families where or were taking place. It appears there was a very deliberate guise of offering help and support to vulnerable mothers in order to get access to young children," she said.

"This number is alarming, but we know that sexual abuse in the wider society is also more likely to take place when there are issues within the family unit.

"It appears that in 40 per cent of these cases the vulnerability was, in fact, just being engaged with the church."

At a glance

  • The onset of abuse occurred at an earlier age for female participants than male participants
  • Participants most commonly (41 per cent) waited 20+ years before disclosing their abuse.
  • 54 per cent of people who officially reported the abuse did so with police. 53 per cent of these cases resulted in official investigations
  • 71 per cent of single perpetrator abuse occurred between 1961 and 1985
  • 37 percent of participants experienced occasional (16 per cent) or frequent (21 per cent) incidents of abuse over a long period of time. Only 17 per cent of participants recorded a single incident.
  • The perpetrator of abuse was most commonly (40 per cent) identified as a priest
  • 25 per cent of incidents of took place primarily at school, 19 per cent at the perpetrator's house and 14 per cent at the home of the survivor.

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jsdarkdestruction
4.2 / 5 (5) May 03, 2013
Disgusting. Church clergy caught in such situations should be shot in the back of the head. survivors shot again. Religion is the seat of all morals? oh really? sounds like a con to use and abuse the needy.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (6) May 03, 2013
Christian Priests aren't just diddling little boys but little girls too?

Oh thank God. They aren't just sexually repressed Homosexuals.

VENDItardE
2 / 5 (8) May 03, 2013
Christian Priests aren't just diddling little boys but little girls too?

Oh thank God. They aren't just sexually repressed Homosexuals.



u really are a moron, aren't you?

only you could twist such a horribly disgusting act into a blessing. Fuk'n idiot.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (3) May 03, 2013
VendiTardE forgets that according the the Libertarian Party Platform, there is no such thing as child molestation if the child is willing.

Maybe the Good Christians have adopted that faith.
ValeriaT
3 / 5 (2) May 04, 2013
We can only hope, no animals were harmed during this research.
kochevnik
3.7 / 5 (3) May 04, 2013
Catholic god Moloch has insatiable appetite for young flesh
geokstr
2.3 / 5 (3) May 04, 2013
Disgusting. Church clergy caught in such situations should be shot in the back of the head. survivors shot again. Religion is the seat of all morals? oh really? sounds like a con to use and abuse the needy.


How about the teachers in the public schools that diddle children? Summary execution as well? There are quite few of them too, and the female teachers get a slap on the wrist.

geokstr
2.3 / 5 (3) May 04, 2013
Christian Priests aren't just diddling little boys but little girls too?

Oh thank God. They aren't just sexually repressed Homosexuals.


But most of the ones doing the little boys are homosexuals. During the VietNam era, in order to avoid the draft, the heteros ran off to Canada, while the gays went into the priesthood - a twofer for them; ineligible for the draft, and an inordinate power relationship with little boys.

The Catholic hierarchy has been concerned about the growing gayification of the clergy due to these draftdodgers for decades, and a few came forward back then to express those concerns.

But gay is in now, so you won't hear about that in the "unbiased", "objective" "news" media.
kochevnik
3 / 5 (2) May 04, 2013
@geokstr But most of the ones doing the little boys are homosexuals
And most of the ones molesting little girls are hetero. Nice to see you have inside information on the gay sphere. Is that direct gay experience the origin of your unfocused homophobic anger?

BTW geokstr you never explained why you prefer children watching old coots as yourself prance about naked
julianpenrod
1 / 5 (4) May 04, 2013
Characteristic qualities of a lie.
Among other things, using an engineered sociological bias to "explain" the lie. Accusing the Church of a tradition that gave "women and girls a lesser position and voice in the church", toeing the officially approved lie that women have been uniformly and universally brutalized into enslavement throughout history. But, homosexuality is far more sternly disapproved of in Christianity, so they would prefer to emphasize cases of heterosexual incidents, rather than emphasize only homosexual ones.
And just because the "research" claims a 50/50 split doesn't prove anything. Leaving aside whether any of the "research's" material can be trusted, it doesn't answer whether the number of homosexual incidents it includes covers all the known ones. If they have only five heterosexual incidents, they can invoke only five homosexual ones, then claim a "split".
VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2013
Well, as the Libertarian party platform tells us. If the Children are Willing then it isn't child molestation.

"How about the teachers in the public schools that diddle children?" - geokstr

I'm seeing lots of reports on Faux news about attractive young female teachers molesting 17 and 18 year old students both men and women.

It is odd how such reports are so common on Faux.

It is almost as if they are going out of their way to report these stories to titillate their Conservative Audience and boost ratings and improve their earnings.

It is good to make money by exploiting stories of Child Molestation, isn't it geokstr?

VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2013
"And just because the "research" claims a 50/50 split doesn't prove anything." - JuianTard

JulianTard is right. The research might be fake, or might be biased by the fact that only the grey aliens who are conspiring with the Illuminati to take over the world are the ones molesting those children, and then using their psychic mental powers to convince everyone that it was really an attractive 20 year old blond teacher who was having a Lesbian relationship with several of her 10 year old students.

As reported on Faux news.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2013
If God didn't wasn priests to molest little girls, then why did he make his priests so attracted to little girls?

"And most of the ones molesting little girls are hetero. " - koch

Isn't it a design flaw?
antigoracle
1 / 5 (1) May 05, 2013
Jesus said, Suffer little children...

Obviously, in their warped minds, these priests were fulfilling Christ's words.
With all this evidence, why aren't they in prison getting a taste of their own medicine?

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