LTRJ Note: Children are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and molestation by people who are in some type of authority and trust in their lives. Make sure your church is a safe place for all children who attend. Detective sergeant Patrick Crough, author of Seducers Among Our Children, has given his life to defend children and fight against child exploitation.
By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman
New York Times
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.
The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The report said there are likely thousands more victims whose records were lost or who were too afraid to come forward.
It catalogs horrific instances of abuse: a priest who raped a young girl in the hospital after she had her tonsils out; a victim tied up and whipped with leather straps by a priest; and another priest who was allowed to stay in ministry after impregnating a young girl and arranging for her to have an abortion. Click here to continue reading.
Click here for some very helpful advice on how to protect children from sexual abuse from Sergeant Crough.