February 27, 2007

Calling attention to a comment from a reader of my previous blog entry

I remember reading a report about a year or so ago that compared abuse in the Church vs. in Public Education. In the 54-year span of 1950-2003 there were almost 12,000 reported incidents of abuse by the clergy (the bulk of which were during the 60s & 70s - surprise, surprise), which works out to approx. 220 incidents per year nationwide.

Meanwhile, in 2003 alone, there were approx. 100,000 reported incidents of abuse by public school faculty/staff on students in grades 1-12. Incident rates are even higher when involving close family members or friends of the family.

But, we don't want to let facts get in the way of agendas, now, do we?


2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what kind of abuse are we talking about? In the educational system, it will be a range of stuff incl. sexual, in the clergy category it is almost always sexual. I understand that the RC is far worse than the Orthodox, however.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Dear Anonymous,

This post was in reference to yesterday's blog entry where the reference was to sexual abuse that education workers have perpetrated on schoolchildren.

As for the RC being "far worse than the Orthodox," that may be due to the fact that for every Orthodox person in the U.S. there are about 176 Roman Catholics.

9:41 AM  

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