Clergy Sexual Abuse Case Study

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My name is Lydia Y., and I am an 8th grade student from an international school. I am writing to express my concern over the rarely-known yet significant issue of clergy sexual abuse of children and adolescents, notably that by priests from the Catholic Church. I was first introduced to this issue about two months ago, when I watched the critically acclaimed and Academy-Award-winning film Spotlight. Spotlight details the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the decades-long clergy sex abuse in the Boston Catholic archdiocese. I was deeply moved and upset by the film, and was determined to do more research on the subject afterward. What I found often shocked me just as much as the film. During the second half of the 20th century, hundreds of “predator” priests from the Boston Catholic archdiocese molested thousands of innocent children from their churches. One priest, John Geoghan, was later accused of raping and fondling more than 150 people. And the Catholic…show more content…
Yet this situation is far from over. In 2014, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi stated that, from 2004 onward, over 3,400 “credible” cases of sexual abuse had been reported to the Vatican. Though the Church did take more action this time, defrocking 848 of the responsible priests and sentencing the rest “to a lifetime of penance and prayer or some other lesser sanction” (isolating them from children), I believe that there is a lot more that it can do, especially in regards to those who are already victims. Part of this gap is filled by the many organizations devoted to helping this cause, including the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). They are offering hotlines, legal assistance, and support groups, which have been very beneficial for the victims of clergy sexual abuse. Nevertheless, yet again, I think that there are other measures that they can
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