Ruth Gledhill CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 29 September 2016
More research is needed into child sex abuse in other faiths besides Christianity, a new report says.
Nearly all the academic research that has been done into child sex abuse in an institutional setting has been based on Catholic abusers, with some also done on Anglican abusers.
But there has been little research into abuse by ministers of others faiths, or in non-Christian or non-religious settings.
A report commissioned by the Australian commission investigating institutional child sex abuse says: “The largest body of research from institutional contexts is based on child sexual abuse by clergy, and the majority of this research concerns Roman Catholic clergy.
“Although the research base in this area is sufficient to provide information about patterns of abuse and to allow some comparisons with literature based on perpetrators in general, there is little literature based on or including other religious denominations and almost no literature based on religious non-Christian institutional settings.
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