Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse of Minors

The revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by some Roman Catholic priests have brought to light the issues of surveillance, security, and privacy in U.S. society. While the Catholic Church in 1984 implemented policies to curb abuse, the abuse was kept out of the public eye until the media exposed the sexual abuse in 2002. After the abuse came to public attention, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to study the nature and scope of the problem. The study showed that most of the abuse occurred between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s, peaking in the 1970s. In 1984, the Church addressed the issue by implementing reforms. In 2011, the John Jay College issued a second study as ...

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