Abuse of Power

Ministers, Doctors, Therapists, Lawyers, and Cops

As illustrated by the news articles below, multiple allegations are often brought forward when therapists, doctors, lawyers, or clergy (priest, pastor, minister, rabbi, etc.) are accused of sexual misconduct.

Online reader comments demonstrate deep confusion in the community: some people are quick to "blame the victim" while others rush to defend the alleged perpetrator.

Several recent news articles and editorials also suggest that disciplinary action by state licensing boards is frequently inadequate when it comes to investigation and sanction of misconduct by licensed professionals.

Sexual exploitation of subordinates in institutional settings such as the military and prison cases cited below, appears to be coming to the surface in recent years.


Multiple Allegations

News articles containing allegations of multiple victims of sexual exploitation in the context of professional relationships of "fiduciary duty."

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Faiz Ahmed


Victor Arellano


Barry Bailey


Matt Baker


Michael Stephen Baker


John Bennison


John Bussmann


Peter Chi


Brian A. Chigbue


Fernando Cordero


Gabriele Del Bianco


Neal Destefano


Raoul Deveau


Eric DeVries


James Michael Evans


Terry Farney


Willie Fuller


Tobias Gabriel


Michael Clair Garvey


Douglas Geenens


Narandra Gupta


Dennis Hawk


Paul Ines


James Jacobson


David E. Johnson


Harley Michael Keough


Peter LaFuria


Baruch Lanner


John Thomas Matthew Lee


Fernando Lugo


Jacob A. Max


James F. McCarthy


Robert V. Meffan


Edward Moran


Byron Bruce Newell, Jr.


John Nolin


James Poole


Kallambella Ramesh


Constance Reynolds


Raymond Russomanno


Othmar Schroeder


John Schroll


Efrain Umaņa


Jordan Vernon


Charles Weisman

Military cases

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Prison and Law Enforcement Cases

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Department of Justice Statistics on Rape in Prisons


News articles on rape in prisons and alleged sexual assault by law enforcement officers














Confusion Leads to "Blame the Victim" Mentality

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News articles often contain expressions of public support for alleged perpetrators of sexual exploitation or other serious misconduct in the context of professional relationships of "fiduciary duty." See also online reader comments when available.

Why do fellow congregants rally around the alleged perpetrator and not the alleged victim?  Experts refer to the congregation as the secondary victim of clergy misconduct.  For anyone, the idea that someone they know, and especially someone they admire, might be a sexual predator is hard to believe. The psychological defense mechanism of denial springs into play to protect us from having to face the potential reality that someone we have embraced, someone we have welcomed warmly into our homes could be a "wolf in sheep's clothing". Click here to see more about the psychological impacts of clergy misconduct on congregations.


Adrian Cook


Pedro Jose Damazio


James Gallagher


Charles Kanu



James F. McCarthy


James J. McCoy


Joseph McNamara


Edward Moran


Spencer Lee Page


Michael Pecharich


Antonio Ramada


Salvatore Sam Rodino


John Sappenfield


Shashikant Vyas


Henry Willenborg


Fernando Zuleta


Recent Reports Of Licensing Board Failures

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Public Citizen's Health Research Group (HRG) conducted a survey of the 51 boards regulating medical doctors to determine the current state of Internet-accessible disciplinary information.

Demian Larry, Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., Peter Lurie, M.D., MPH. "Survey of doctor disciplinary information on state medical board web sites." (HRG Publication #1506) (February 2000). Public Citizen notes that some state medical board web sites have changed since the date of this report.

Forty-one boards name disciplined doctors on their web sites. The ten states that provide no such information are: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The boards in three of the ten states, Alaska, Montana and South Dakota, have web sites, but the sites do not name disciplined doctors.


Medical Board, California


Indiana State Medical Licensing Board


Kansas State Board of Healing Arts


Oregon State Medical Board


Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Utah


Medical Board, Virginia


Washington State Department of Health


Medical Examining Board, Wisconsin


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