Another aftershock: What have we learned from the John Jay College Report?

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America Magazine


As predicted, the release on Feb. 27 of the report prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy created another sizable aftershock in the series that has shaken the Catholic Church in the United States since Jan. 6, 2002. This new report stated that 4,392 priests (or 4 percent of the total) were alleged to have sexually victimized 10,667 children (mostly young boys) during the past 52 years. Most of the abuse appears to have occured during the 1970’s, with significant declines reported by the mid-1980’s and 1990’s.