Church Sexual Abuse – Overview

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div>Clergy Abuse encompasses a wide-range of illegal and improper actions often commited against kids and adolescents by pedophilic priests or other church members involving sexual assault of varying amounts. The assault might be a one-time, non-consensual scroll barevent or it might involve many assaults within an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” relationship with a child spawned by the predatory behavior of a clergy associate, cloaked with the trust and respect provided to a member of the clergy, leading to non-consensual sexual attack acts of molestation.

In all alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse situations, the short-coming by the Church member’s employer to fully, adequately and promptly report the crime to police and other authorities, or its further failure to research, cope with and deal entirely with the situation increases the effects on the assault survivor, the community and possibly others. Current Priest Sexual Assault cases covered in the press highlight these failures, including “pass-the-trash” scenarios where the abuser commonly a clergy in the Catholic Church, is silently transferred from one church to another only to continue his predatory, criminal action on an innocent parish community.

Priest and Clergy Sexual Assault and Retribution
Not a day passes without a media headline reporting regarding sexual abuse and molestation of young children by pedophile priests, or the aftermath of the assault on the victims and their families. If you are a survivor of sexual assault from a priest or other clergy member, these stories are likely to act as an echo chamber, reverberating the horror, shame, guilt and various unwelcome thoughts hurting your wellness. Encouraged by the social movement and other channels that encourage victims to reveal the abuse they suffered, victims of abuse are increasingly employing the legal system to compensate them for the lifelong harm and injury they have experienced.

If you are a survivor of assault perpetrated by a member of the clergy, the result of the abuse on your life and foundational belief system might be incalculable. Regardless, holding the responsible person and institutions to blame for their crimes and failures may provide a measure of justice and recompense to abuse victims. Oftentimes, victims can leverage their legal rights through confidential mediation therein avoiding the need for litigation. However, if litigation is necessary, a case can be filed where the survivor can remain anonymous.

Abusive Behavior
All abusers, to varying degrees, use predatory tricks which are generally referred to as grooming, targeting a possible abuse victim. Below is a list of grooming actions used by predators who are in a position of authority in relation to the subordinate young child.

Grooming
Grooming is a significant part of a predator’s ploy. In a religious environment, the priest is revered as God’s representative. Within this setting, the predator frequently works closely with small numbers of children, identifying each child’s needs, weaknesses and circumstances. Once a victim is identified, these vulnerabilities – such as tumultuous family setting, loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically leveraged in the following ways:

Trust
A predator will first try to get the child’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as religious communities are frequently tight-knit and personal relation with clergy is commonplace. Here, the predator can pretend genuine interest in the child’s wellbeing and groeth – both emotional and religious.

Reliance
As a predator creates a trusting relationship with the potential child-victim and oftentimes their family, the child will begin to rely more and more on the predator for any need it is that the priest is exploiting and fulfilling. The child will spend more time with the predator, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the possible victim may receive gifts from the priest, including valuable, intangible presents such as blessings and special recognition.
Isolation
While grooming continues, the predator will try to isolate the possible victim. This could result in single counseling sessions, meals or other methods of one-on-one isolated encounters.
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