The inability of a child to thrive in a Constitutionally protected God based perpetual threat and rape culture is not a fault of the child; however it does become their odious responsibility upon reaching adulthood. The Christian religion at it's core is a toxic mechanism whereby
intergenerational trauma has been kept alive, active and deeply embedded in each new generation over the
past 2,000+ years.
Using these numbers as a base whilst recognising that a substantial number of victims would have already left the church the following formula is used to calculate a low estimate of the number of sexual abuse victims in a given population of Catholics.
1.2 billion catholics
1.7% females abused = 10,404,000 [1.7% of 51.98% of the Catholic population]
3.3% males abused = 19,404,000 [3.3% of 48.02% of the Catholic population]
On the basis of the above figures there are potentially 29,808,000 [combined males and females] Catholics in the United States who could identify themselves as having been sexually abused in childhood by a Catholic priest.
This formula can be applied to any population.
Estimate number of Australian Catholics sexually abused in their childhood by Catholic priests.
Australia 5,239,000 million catholics (2006 Census)
Estimated number of survivors who have been "finalized" (completed church or legal process) in Australia between 1000 and 4000.
1.7% females abused = 45,422
3.3% males abused = 84,715
"Once a cult gets big enough to dominate large areas of life (generally large enough to kill people) and gets official recognition, it becomes a 'religion'." Silverwhistle.
"A review of the literature on priest/clergy abuse reveals that for both genders the typical survivor became disillusioned with the church and suffered a loss of religious faith as a result of the abuse and the subsequent institutional response to the abuse. An inadequate amount of research has been done to determine the full extent of suicide attempts or completed suicides of victims of this form of abuse. One estimate in the literature is that 20 percent of children who were abused by religious authorities considered suicide at some point." "...two major themes: loss of religious faith, and attacks on their personal integrity when they told of the abuse." Psychology Today - Priest abuse male compared female victimization impact
It is estimated that only approximately 3% obtain a resolution via the courts or the church; this leaves 97% of survivors of any given population without any form of justice or adequate treatment and support. The vast majority of these survivors will be in receipt of some form of government benefit or pension if it is available in that country.
This clearly defined subset of Catholics and ex-Catholics can be shown to be the subject of discrimination on the basis of the status of their abusers.
Abused: The calculated total of abused using the 3.3 & 1.7 figures referred to in the Psychology Today article. Boys: The percentage of boys abused - 3.3% Girls: The percentage of girls abused - 1.7% Disclosed: Estimated numbers disclosing if the disclosure rate is 3%. - Estimated Estimate of number obtaining a resolution via church or legal means. Number processed (via church or legal processes) [The "Healed"] Barred: Estimated number denied access to justice via the legal system due to Statute of Limitations laws - 90%
Suicide Risk; 20% (victims) at the highest risk of suicide as a result of the abuse and the subsequent institutional [and government] response to the abuse[s].
Calculates the estimated number of people who identify as having been sexually abused as a child by a catholic priest. Does not include other forms of abuse or abuse by other religious.
This is the first time this type of data has been made publicly available.
We would like to be able to add the numbers for those 'healed' - these figures should be available from both the church and the government.
Two major themes: loss of religious faith, and attacks on their personal integrity when they told of the abuse. "Something has to be independent and it has to be seen to be independent. . . Justice must be done and be seen to be done."
Ireland - Diocese
Disclosed/Resolved (3%) - Estimated
Barred - SoL (90%)
Ardagh (and Clonmacnois)
Cashel (-Emly) (Archdiocese)
Cork and Ross
Down and Connor
Galway and Kilmacduagh
Kildare and Leighlin
Waterford and Lismore
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At its peak the GCAC was creating: 1,014 instances of sexual abuse per day by Catholic priests globally 42 instances of sexual abuse per hour by Catholic priests globally Current estimates indicate that the highest proportions of sexual abuses today are to be found in Asia and Africa.
Recent findings in Spain found that 0.6% of the population of Spain had been sexually abused by Roman Catholic
priests and laity.
Current world population is 8 billion - 0.6% = 48 million possibly raped by Catholics globally.
"This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don't stand
outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave. I've noted
carefully what his Holiness has said in the United States. Obviously that was a source of great comfort
and healing in the United States. I'm like all Australians very much looking forward to what the Pope
has to say here in Australia as well, as I am to my own conversation with the Pope later this
Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, 17 July 2008. more
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