Sex Abuse by Protestant Clergy

by Steve Ray on June 17, 2007

More Sexual Offense in Protestant Churches than Catholic

Church_Steeple.jpg260 reports of abuse yearly in Protestant churches
SEX SCANDALS | Long-sought number surfaces

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America say they typically receive upward of 260 reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers or congregation members.

The figures offer a glimpse into what has long been an extremely difficult phenomenon to pin down — the frequency of sex abuse in Protestant congregations.

Read the whole article at Chicago Sun Times here.

Having come from the Protestant world, I know of several sexual abuse cases. Isn't it amazing the media focuses on Catholics but aside from a few scattered articles like this one buried in newspapers, Protestant sexual abuse is basically ignored. Go get the Catholics, it makes a better story.

For a new article on why this is not just a Catholic problem, click here.

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Rita June 23, 2007 at 12:41 AM

Of course our weaknesses and sins are more exposed and persecuted. We are the Church. Christ is our head. What do you expect? It is embarrassing that so many Catholics are defensive about that fact, downcast, and so quick to blame the publicity and the greater sins of the protestants, and generally speak as if surprised that we have a harder time of it. The evil one knows Christ’s Church. Catholics should know that to whom much is given, much is expected. We should expect to have a much harder time of it, by virtue of having Christ Himself as our head.

MissJean July 5, 2007 at 3:31 AM

I am disgusted by the fact that no one seems to cover the fact that sexual predators are widespread throughout ALL institutions, including schools, sports programs, etc. I suppose it’s more comforting to some people to think that if they don’t belong to a particular church, they can keep their children from harm’s way.

Steve Ray July 5, 2007 at 9:29 AM

You are absolutely right. If I remember right, statistically, the most dangerous place for kids is in public school where more sexual abuse takes place than anywhere else. It is actually far less in the Catholic Church than in other institutions, but because we take such a strong moral stand on sexual issues we are the target.
What is more exciting for a reporter, to break a story about a priest in the “hated Catholic Church” or the lowly school teacher struggling to educate our children without the necessary resources.

Steve Ray July 18, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Chris wrote (I moved it here since it was posted under an unrelated topic): I suppose if one doesn't see any Christian legitimacy to Protestantism, your statement makes sense. However, to the extent that the seperated brethren represent Christ in the world along with the Catholic Church, it might be better to refrain from tearing them down. I still think that since you are an articulate apologist, you need not resort to undercutting other traditions to make the Catholic Church appear taller. Nevertheless, I apprecaite your emphasis on truth. We certainly need more of that in our Post Christian world. Blessings!

Ryan December 27, 2007 at 2:31 PM

I think you are missing a big part of the point. The church actively moved the guilty parties to hide them frpm prosecution, and further embarrasment to the church. And by doing so allowed the pedophiles greater access to children.
Besides the point that when these problems started to arise something should have been done to help eliminate the problem. Instead the Old Boys Network decided to just try and sweep it under the carpet. the protestant churches dont have this protection racket in place so they get caught with just a few indiscretions at a time where as the Catholic Church got hit all at once when this came to fruition

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