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Author: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea

Title: The History and Consequences of the Sexual-Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church

Subtitle: -

Journal: Studies in Gender and Sexuality

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Year: Winter 2004 (Published online: July 1, 2008)

Pages: 11-30

ISSN: 1524-0657 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1940-9206 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Offenders: Priests; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Clergy Sexual Abuse



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Abstract: »The sexual-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was first publicized in 1985 in Louisiana and continues to capture headlines and the imagination of the public across the country. This article reviews the history of the contemporary scandal and delineates a paradigm of abuse and cover-up common in cases of sexual abuse by a priest. While the sexual victimization of minors by priests and vowed religious men has been wrenching for the many decent clerics and for Catholics everywhere, the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy live daily with its aftermath. In this article, the experiences of one young man sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy are presented and the sequelae of such abuse are discussed.« (Source: Studies in Gender and Sexuality)


  History: From the Bayou to Boston (p. 11)
  Consequences of Sexual Abuse: What Happened to Victims? (p. 18)
  References (p. 28)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1980–91), History of the United States (1991–2008) | Catholic Church sexual abuse cases: Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States | Sex and the law: Child sexual abuse