Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion(48)4, 817-824.
This research study involved two companion projects: (1) a national random survey to determine the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) with adults; and (2) a qualitative study of three groups of women and men: (a) those who self-identified as survivors who had been the objects of CSM, (b) family or friends of survivors, and (c) offenders who had themselves committed CSM. The goal of both projects was to define the scope and nature of CSM, so that effective prevention strategies can be proposed for the protection of religious leaders and congregants.
"How clergy sexual misconduct happens: A qualitative study of first-hand accounts."
Social Work and Christianity
Call it what it is: Abuse of power
Diana Garland, dean of Baylor School of Social Work and co-author of this study, says clergy sexual misconduct with adults is "not an affair" nor is it consensual. Read more.
Key Findings from the Executive Summary:
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