Catholic watchdog panel launches major study of causes underlying U.S. sex abuse scandals

Posted: Friday, November 05, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Review Board, a lay panel that monitors the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' efforts against clergy sexual abuse, announced the start of a comprehensive, long-term study of causes underlying the scandals that have plagued the church.

Research topics include why most victims were adolescent males; how psychological problems of abusers were treated; what made victims vulnerable; environments in society, church and seminaries; ways law enforcement agencies responded and why incidents declined after the 1970s.

Last February, the board issued a preliminary report on the causes and context of abuse and a statistical analysis of complaints from 10,667 underage victims since 1950.

The 13-member board's research subcommittee is led by Alice Hayes, former president of the University of San Diego, and Paul McHugh, former director of the psychiatry department at Johns Hopkins University.

http://www.usccb.org/ocyp/index.htm



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