Check out the following story (including audio) about abuse by pastors. They report 1:33 women have experienced a sexual advance by pastor:
Key elements found in the researcher’s survey?
- Dual relationships or conflicting roles (where pastor is counselor and highest authority)
- Holding leaders in too much awe and that leader’s lack of accountability
- Isolation of communication (pastor alone in church without much oversight)
- Unrepresentative language that treats clergy sexual abuse as affairs rather than abuses of power
I would have liked to have heard more detail on the survey results. If anyone finds more data out there, let me know.