Systemic Practice in a Complex System: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

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Title: Systemic Practice in a Complex System: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church
Authors: Keenan, Marie
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Date: Dec-2015
Abstract: Despite the occasional mutterings in the public press and the rare suggestion in the empirical literature, there is no evidence to suggest that Catholic clergy enter clerical and religious life with the purpose of gaining access to children to abuse them. In fact, the most comprehensive research ever carried out on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, conducted by researchers in the United States (John Jay Study, 2011), reports that whatever else formed the men’s motivation for joining, there is no evidence to suggest that gaining access to children to abuse them was part of it. My own experience confirmed this. The more I met with the clerical men who had abused, the more intrigued I became. Put simply, I was not in the presence of "monsters", nor was I in the presence of individuals who had an "illness". I began to think there must be more to this problem - situational, organizational and institutional - that must also be considered.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Everything is Connected Press
Keywords: SystemicCatholic clergyChild abuseSexual abusePerpetrator
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Simon, J. and McCarthy, I. (eds.). New Systemic Practice in Complex Systems
ISBN: 978-0-9930723-2-1
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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