Thursday, November 8, 2018

Clergy Sex Abuse - CA Attorney Generals Call to Action

"In light of the news surrounding the sexual abuse of children by members of clergy or religious organizations across the country, the Department of Justice is gathering information from the public regarding complaints of this nature in California.

If you believe you have been a victim of sexual abuse or have information regarding incidents of sexual misconduct by clergy members, please fill out our online complaint form.

If you would like to provide other information, please email ClergyAbuse@doj.ca.gov."

https://oag.ca.gov/clergyabuse?fbclid=IwAR2C1RVCmBE3ZVVgdYQehi_yH_iNgVGnWjiOEKbIrNHgHMi1Xv1nbJFvrro
 


If you were a victim of sex abuse by a member of the clergy (any religious clergy) please take the time to file your report and encourage others to do the same, and then Follow-up with the Attorney Generals Office. 

Our FACT Sheet on "Why Predators are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy" is available for any individual, group, church, educator, counselor etc.

Front of FACT Sheet Handout
 Back of FACT Sheet Handout
The backside of this FACT Sheet quotes part of Joe Navarro's findings as a former FBI Counterintelligence Agent regarding "Why Predators are Attracted to Careers in the Clergy".

Some of the key reasons being:

- If the predator is in a position of authority within a religious organization, he or she can claim persecution by the "enemies" of the church of organization. Any outside scrutiny subjecting the predator to the sanitizing rays of light is thus characterized as "them", the unbelievers "against us".

- Predators have access to a ready/available pool of potential victims. Within a religious order, those potential victims are identified for the predator, who knows how often they will get together and where (Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. at local church for example)

- In most cultures, children pay deference to authority figures, especially religious ones. Knowing this, the predator can almost certainly count on children abiding by their sordid requests and keeping such matters "secret" There is ample evidence of this from history, social psychology and thousands of law suits.

Joe's findings are extensive and thorough - the above are just a few from his list.

Thank you,
The FACT Team

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