Thursday, November 19, 2009

Victims' Advocates Criticize Priest Sex Abuse Study

Victims' Advocates Criticize Priest Sex Abuse Study
Produced by Lynette Kalsnes on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An advocacy group for victims abused by priests is criticizing a recent study.

The study that's underway is trying to determine why there was more priest sexual abuse in the 60s and 70s, and why it fell after 1985. It's being done for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Barbara Blaine thinks the study is "illogical." She heads the Chicago-based SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

BLAINE: What they really need to be looking at is what causes bishops and church officials to allow and to enable and cover up for sexual predators.

The study finds more than 9 in 10 cases are old -- they took place before 1990. Researchers think there are fewer new cases due to factors like tougher laws, better education and screening for priests.

But Blaine thinks there's a lag in reporting abuse because recent victims are too young to come forward.

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