Added: May 6, 2017 – Last updated: May 6, 2017


Authors: Harald Dressing, Dieter Dölling, Dieter Hermann, Barbara Horten, Andreas Kruse, Eric Schmitt, Britta Bannenberg, Konrad Whittaker, and Hans-Joachim Salize

Title: Sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church and other institutions

Subtitle: An literature review

Journal: neuropsychiatrie

Volume: Published online before print


Year: 2017 (Received: December 31, 2016, Accepted: March 14, 2017, Published online: April 12, 2017)

Pages: 11 pages

ISSN: 0948-6259 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2194-1327 – Find a Library: WordCat


Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Clergy Sexual Abuse


Link: SpringerLink (Restricted Access)



Britta Bannenberg, Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenWikipedia

Dieter Dölling, Institut für Kriminologie, Universität HeidelbergWikipedia

Harald Dressing, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit

Dieter Hermann, Institut für Kriminologie, Universität HeidelbergWikipedia

Barbara Horten, Institut für Kriminologie, Universität Heidelberg

Andreas Kruse, Institut für Gerontologie, Universität HeidelbergWikipedia

Hans-Joachim Salize, Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit

Eric Schmitt, Institut für Gerontologie, Universität Heidelberg

Abstract: »Sexual violence against children remains a global public health problem. The health sector has an opportunity and responsibility to be part of the multisector collaboration to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of minors. The following article presents a critical analysis of hitherto published empirical studies that examine the extent and variety of sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church and other institutions. The analysis consists of 40 studies concerning the Catholic Church and 13 studies concerning other institutions not belonging to the Catholic Church. We report the characteristics of the offenders and the offenses. Furthermore, the devastating consequences for children abused by members of powerful institutions are discussed. Knowledge on the role of institutions in sexual abuse of minors and psychological distress following these experiences is necessary to point the way to improvements in prevention and intervention strategies. This literature review is part of a larger research project on the sexual abuse of minors in the context of the Catholic Church in Germany (MHG Study) that is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, criminologists, and sociologists and is funded by the German Bishops’ Conference.« (Source: neuropsychiatrie)


    Characteristics of victims and offenders
    Characteristics of the offense
    Consequences of abuse for the victim
    Assumptions on the causes of sexual abuse
  Conflict of interest

Wikipedia: Sex and the law: Child sexual abuse / Catholic Church sexual abuse cases