IndianExpose in its efforts to bring to light the extent of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church globally showcases the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Report commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.
The purpose of releasing this report is to highlight the seriousness of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. This report was commissioned by the Catholic Church to understand the extent of child sexual abuses within the US dioceses.
In June 2002, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Dallas and approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
A National Review Board (NRB) was constituted and the NRB appointed the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The report was officially published in 2004.
The John Jay Report exposed that during the period from 1950 to 2002, 10,667 people had made allegations of child sexual abuse.
The investigation team found 6700 unique accusations against 4,392 clergy.
Furthermore, of the 4392 clergymen accused of child sexual abuse only 252 were convicted.
Of the 4392 clergy accused, 3300 were not investigated because the cleric had died before the investigations commissioned.
Of the remaining 1,021, 384 were charged and 252 were convicted.
The John Jay team interviewed 109,694 priests.
Here is the report the exposes the nature of the sexual abuse
|Behavior alleged||Number of boys||%||Number of girls||%||Totals combined||%|
|Verbal (sex talk)||885||11%||215||12%||1,100||11.6%|
|Shown porn videos||142||1.8%||6||0.3%||148||1.6%|
|Touch over cleric’s clothes||704||9.1%||165||9.2%||869||9.2%|
|Touch over victim’s clothes||2,862||37.2%||691||38.6%||3,553||37.4%|
|Touch under victim’s clothes||3,280||42.6%||701||39.2%||3,981||42%|
|Photos of victim||169||2.2%||32||1.8%||201||2.1%|
|Hugging and kissing||324||4.2%||175||9.8%||499||5.3%|
|Cleric performed oral sex||1,186||15.4%||274||15.9%||1,460||15.4%|
|Victim performed oral sex||799||10.4%||115||6.4%||914||9.6%|
|Penetration with object||61||0.8%||26||1.5%||87||0.9%|
|Group or coerced sex||48||0.6%||4||0.2%||52||0.5%|
|Unspecified sex act||942||12.2%||204||11.4%||1,146||12.1%|
John Jay report revealed profile of the victims:
- 81% of the victims were boys, 19% were girls
2. Of all the victims, 22% were younger than age 10
3. 51% were between the ages of 11 and 14
4. 27% were between the ages of 15 and 17 years.
|Age in years||Number of cases||Percent of all cases||Percent combined with precedent years|
The alleged abuse occurred in a variety of locations. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in the following locations: in the priest’s home or the parish residence (40.9%), in the church (16.3%), in the victim’s home (12.4%), in a vacation house (10.3%), in school (10.3%), and in a car (9.8%). The abuse allegedly occurred in other sites, such as church outings or in a hotel room, in less than 10% of the allegations.
The most common event or setting in which the abuse occurred was during a social event (20.4%), while visiting or working at the priest’ s home (14.7%), and during travel (17.8%).
Abuse allegedly occurred in other settings, such as during counseling, school hours, and sporting events, in less than 10% of the allegations.
The majority of priests (56%) were alleged to have abused one victim, nearly 27% were alleged to have abused two or three victims, nearly 14% were alleged to have abused four to nine victims and 3.4% were alleged to have abused more than ten victims.
The 149 priests (3.5%) who had more than ten allegations of abuse were allegedly responsible for abusing 2,960 victims, thus accounting for 26% of allegations.
Over 79% of these priests were between 25 and 29 years of age when ordained. For priests whose age at the time of the first alleged abuse was reported, the largest group—over 40% was between 30 and 39. An additional 20% were under age 30, nearly 23% were between 40 and 49, and nearly 17% were over 50.
The detailed report is below:The-Nature-and-Scope-of-Sexual-Abuse-of-Minors-by-Catholic-Priests-and-Deacons-in-the-United-States-1950-2002
It is important in the light of growing concern arising out cases of child sexual abuse globally and the recent incidents in India, for the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India to conduct a report to map the extent of child sexual abuse in India by the clergy.
If not the CBCI, then at least the government must initiate a study on this growing menace in the Catholic Church, to protect the children of Christian faith in India.