Experts say 100,000 US kids abused by priests; SNAP responds

Experts say 100,000 US kids abused by priests; SNAP responds

Two US experts told Vatican officials yesterday that roughly 100,000 boys and girls in America have been sexually violated by Catholic priests. We believe that this is a very low estimate, especially since there are an estimated 6,000 predator priests in the US. (see: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/USCCB_Yearly_Data_on_Accused_Priests.htm)

This is almost ten times the estimate that has been offered by US bishops for the past six or seven years. It’s a dreadfully sobering figure. Our hearts ache for these wounded men, women, teens and children.

We hope that this staggering estimate prods secular authorities to step up their efforts to expose child molesting clerics and the corrupt church officials who continue to move and hide and protect and enable them.

(Another expert told Catholic officials this week that 95% of accusations against priests are true. See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/europe/vatican-urged-to-give-priority-to-abuse-victims.html)

This 100,000 estimate is the same number of alleged victims that was put forth in 1993 by Fr. Andrew Greeley in an article in the Jesuit magazine America.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/resources/resource-files/timeline/1993-03-20-Greeley-HowSerious-1.htm

The two experts are Michael Bemi and Pat Neal.

Bemi  is the President and CEO, The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. - http://www.nationalcatholic.org/

Neal  is the Director of VIRTUS Programs and Services - http://www.virtus.org/virtus/about_tncrrg.cfm

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/world/europe/vatican-urged-to-give-priority-to-abuse-victims.html

Read the story here: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/vatican-abuse-summit-22-billion-and-100000-victims-us-alone

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  • commented 2012-12-17 18:18:57 -0600
    I prayed before the.CONNETICUT school shootings for GOD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR CHILDREN..Never did I ever want anything like this to happen but if the Hierarchy doesn’t get the importance of every single child in our Universe, after these most diabolical killings…I don’t know what will wake them from this sickening COVER UP!

    We must keep this subject OPEN for those living with this horror! Remember our precious ones who have been brutally abused by (supposed )people of trust. AMEN??
  • commented 2012-12-17 17:53:20 -0600
    thank you for everything you are doing for the victims and also exposing the vilest of vile crimes – how the church hid there horrific crimes from the top down of the hierarchy

    I know a 45 year old victim who was abused when about 13. He still cannot talk about it without breaking down in tears. He’s kind of like a victim of PTSD
  • commented 2012-02-09 12:58:30 -0600
    This 100,000 # is not even close to right, when you know they take the most vunerable OF OUR SOCIETY and they are groomed (3 or 4 at a time) and then left to" fly in the wind" when the priest, nun or brother finds more vunerable ones to rape and “spiritually murder” Over a lifetime, as a religious,they have.(count 6 days a wk+52 wks a year x’s 25 yrs = per 1 man or woman.and that’ s more than 100,000 per man or woman.

    They don’t (pardon me ) give a damn. It’s their “right” they think and they have been taught well by their superiors ,that to get a parish etc you have to comply with what’s going on.

    This is a HAVEN FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SO DEGRADED BY THE rcc THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO LEAVE! Pray they are able to trust CHRIST AND LEAVE.
  • published this page in Media Statements 2012-02-09 09:11:02 -0600