The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults: A Research Study Executive Summary

This research study involved two companion projects:

  1.  A national random survey to determine the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) with adults and
  2. a qualitative study of three groups of women and men:
  • (a) those who self-identified as survivors who had been the objects of CSM,
  • (b) family or friends of survivors
  • (c) offenders who had themselves committed CSM.

The goal of both projects was to define the scope and nature of CSM, so that effective prevention strategies can be proposed for the protection of religious leaders and congregants.

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