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July 23, 2003

Church Sexual Abuse is Grand

Ok, so the title should have more accurately been "Church Abuse Might Reach 1,000" but I thought it sounded catchy. It is being reported that clergy members and others in the Boston Archidiocese probably sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a period of 6 decades. This works out to approximately 166 every year, and almost 14 per month, or 1 person every two days. Had I known that priests got this much action I may have gone into another line of work, of course their tastes seem to be for little boys and girls and few women.

Yes, I'm making light of a serious situation so save your nasty emails, but this is almost as astounding as Wilt Chamberlain claiming he slept with 20,000 women in his lifetime. What surprises me most is how long the church was able to avoid a public scandal. It reeks of centuries gone by when there was such fear of the church that most people would never dare to speak negatively about it. Still, I would have thought that some parents along the way would have banged a drum loud enough to have this brought up a couple of decades earlier. Preacher or not, those were someone's children, and I can't believe they would have it swept under the rug with some money or threats.

The shame of it all is that so many lives have been rocked by this and many of those who committed these offenses have died off or will fade away without suffering any consequences. Church clergy or not, they should have their asses thrown in jail just like anyone else who would do such a thing. Then they could spend some time being someone else's bitch for a while.

Posted by Woundwort at July 23, 2003 12:27 PM | TrackBack
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Umm, I get 1000/60 ~ 17 per year. Still seems
large, but then divide again by the number of
abusers involved, and it starts to look less
dramatic. 166/year would be really hard to hide,
but 1/year/abuser could escape notice pretty easily.

Posted by: James B. at July 24, 2003 10:19 PM

It is commonly alleged that police and child molesters do hard time in prison. Think about what hell must be like for these guys.

Posted by: triticale at July 25, 2003 07:54 AM

James B., I agree that a person who committed one offense per year stands a better chance of hiding it than someone who commits 12, but still, if there were 166 abusers per year I would still have thought 1 of those 166 victim's parents would have shouted loud enough for the rest of us to hear.

Posted by: Woundwort at July 25, 2003 08:23 AM
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