Spring 2011

Research project seeks to interview adult women sexually violated by clergy.

Click here for further information.

Ford Foundation Grant to Study Clergy Abuse of Women

Don't call it an affair. Call it abuse of power.

Editorial by Professor Diana Garland in the Waco Tribune (January 24, 2010):

"When a religious leader abuses the power a community gives him, it damages the whole community."

Baylor University School of Social Work Conducts National Study of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults

For background on the study, click here. Results from the study were published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion in 2009.

The study found that 3.1 percent of adult women who attend religious services at least once a month have been the victims of clergy sexual misconduct since turning 18. To explain another way, in the average U.S. congregation of 400 adult members, seven women, on average, have been victimized at some point in their adult lives …  According to Dean Diana Garland: "Many people, including the victims themselves, often label incidences of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with adults as 'affairs'. In reality, they are an abuse of spiritual power by the religious leader."

The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults: A Research Study Executive Summary

In the nonrandom qualitative study that occurred concurrently with the survey, survivors hailed from 17 different Christian and Jewish affiliations: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Disciples of Christ, Latter Day Saints, Apostolic, Calvary Chapel, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Friends (Quaker), Mennonite, Evangelical, Nondenominational (Christian), and Reform Judaism.

This research has drawn wide attention in the press. Click here for more news coverage of the research project.

Master's Thesis Research Project Spring 2011

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Carolyn Waterstradt, MA student at Grand Valley State University in Michigan is seeking participants for interviews in her research project on how women who were victims of clergy sexual abuse heal spiritually.

To be interviewed for this project, contact Ms. Waterstradt directly at: cjwaterstradt@yahoo.com

Reactions to Baylor University Study on Clergy Sexual Misconduct

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Professor Diana Garland's research has drawn wide attention in the press. She continues to give interviews regarding the research on clergy sexual misconduct she conducted with co-author Mark Chaves of Duke University. Some articles have online reader comments illustrating confusion, disbelief and outright scorn for adults alleging sexual victimization by a clergy member. The need for wider public discussion is well illustrated by reactions to this research.

Background on Baylor University's Clergy Sexual Abuse Research

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Baylor University received a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct the first national research on clergy sexual abuse of adults. According to Dean Diana Garland of Baylor's School of Social Work the goals of this research project include:

In an article in the Baylor alumni newsletter Between the Lines Professor Garland further states:

Results of the Baylor study of Clergy Sexual Misconduct (CSM) are beginning to appear on the Baylor webpage. The research team states:

Contact Dean Diana Garland at the Baylor School of Social Work for further information on this research project.

This site is established to share informational resources for victims and advocates of adult victims of clergy sexual abuse.