Child Sexual Abuse in Protestant Christian Congregations: A Descriptive Analysis of Offense and Offender Characteristics
1.1. Background on Sexual Abuse by Clergy
1.2.1. Clergy Offender Characteristics
1.2.2. Victim Characteristics
1.2.3. Offense Locations
1.2. Clergy Sexual Misconduct
2. The Present Study
3. Research Methodology
3.2. Data Analysis Strategies
4.1. Offense Type
4.1.1. Contact Offenses
4.1.2. Non-Contact Offenses
4.1.3. Property Offenses
4.2. Offense Locations
4.2.1. General Offense Locations
4.2.2. Specific Offense Locations
4.3. Offender Characteristics
4.3.1. Offender Gender
4.3.2. Offender Race/Ethnicity
4.3.3. Offender Age
4.3.4. Offender Role
Male Offender Roles
Female Offender Roles
5. Conclusions and Discussion
Conflicts of Interest
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|at the church||38.9% (n = 121)|
|offender’s home||31.2% (n = 97)|
|off-site||12.9% (n = 40)|
|off-site church-sponsored activity||10.6% (n = 33)|
|victim’s home||6.4% (n = 20)|
|Male Offender Roles|
|Pastor||34.9% (n = 110)|
|Youth Minister||31.4% (n = 99)|
|Youth Volunteer||8.3% (n = 26)|
|Associate Pastor||5.4% (n = 17)|
|Music Minister||4.8% (n = 15)|
|Volunteer||3.2% (n = 10)|
|Sunday School Teacher||2.9% (n = 9)|
|Deacon||2.2% (n = 7)|
|Church Member||2.2% (n = 7)|
|Church Camp Worker||0.6% (n = 2)|
|n = 315|
|Female Offender Roles|
|Youth Volunteer||50% (n = 2)|
|Youth Minister||25% (n = 1)|
|Pastor’s Wife||25% (n = 1)|
|n = 4|
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Denney, A.S.; Kerley, K.R.; Gross, N.G. Child Sexual Abuse in Protestant Christian Congregations: A Descriptive Analysis of Offense and Offender Characteristics. Religions 2018, 9, 27. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9010027
Denney AS, Kerley KR, Gross NG. Child Sexual Abuse in Protestant Christian Congregations: A Descriptive Analysis of Offense and Offender Characteristics. Religions. 2018; 9(1):27. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9010027Chicago/Turabian Style
Denney, Andrew S., Kent R. Kerley, and Nickolas G. Gross. 2018. "Child Sexual Abuse in Protestant Christian Congregations: A Descriptive Analysis of Offense and Offender Characteristics" Religions 9, no. 1: 27. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9010027