BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CLERGY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT STUDY THE RESULTS:
Diana R. Garland, LCSW, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Social Work, Baylor University; and Mark Chaves, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity, Duke University conducted a national study of clergy sexual misconduct, the first study of its kind, to research this issue and bring the results to the attention of the public. I participated in phase II of this study, sharing with Dr. Garland, my memories of being sexually harassed and abused by my Reform rabbi.
Baylor CSM study press release
There are a number of documents published on Baylor's website for more information regarding clergy sexual misconduct:
CSM information from Baylor University
This is a sample of case studies researched by Baylor:
This is a small sample of the media coverage this study has generated:
CSM study in the media
Baylor University has resources for victim/survivors of CSM available and I encourage you to use them if there is a need:
CSM survivor resources
It is my hope that after this study received the media attention it deserves, the public will be better able to discuss this issue and motivated to prevent its occurance. The media tends to focus on celebrities lives and other trivialities, while there are really important issues, such as CSM that get little attention. Baylor University is working with a public relations firm to try and garner some of that attention for this study, to educate the public. There is a small group of survivors of CSM who are willing to talk to the media and relate their stories to the public. Let us hope that these courageous women get the chance to reach the public with their stories - we have a lot to learn from them.