Black Survivors of Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Are Being Ignored

Black survivors of sexual abuse are being ignored when it comes to the ongoing crisis involving the Catholic church, Tiffany Stanley and Lea Skene report for the Associated Press. In Baltimore, for example, out of 27 parishes in the archdiocese that have significant Black populations, at least 19 (70 percent) previously had priests on staff who have been accused of sexual abuse. The U.S. Catholic Church generally does not publicly track the race or ethnicity of clergy abuse victims. Without that data, the full scope of clergy sex abuse and its effects on communities of color is unknown. Cases of clergy abuse among African Americans are especially underreported, according to experts, who argue the lack of attention adds to the trauma of an already vulnerable population.

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