6% of Roman Catholic seminarians report sexual harassment | Andreozzi + Foote, P.C.
Free Consultation 877-214-3238

6% of Roman Catholic seminarians report sexual harassment

By |2020-02-18T20:14:12+00:00September 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

According to new research from the McGrath institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, six percent of Roman Catholic seminarians say they have personally experienced some form of sexual harassment, abuse, or misconduct at their institution.

A seminarian, for those who do not know, is a person who is studying to become a priest, minister, or something of the like. It is most commonly associated with the Roman Catholic faith.

The researchers describe their study as first-of-its-kind. They obtained the data by sending out a survey via email to 2,275 seminarians across the United States, from which they received 1,544 valid responses.

The study also found that:

  • 88 percent of seminarians say that they have not experienced sexual harassment, abuse, or misconduct
  • Four percent said that they may have experienced it but are not certain

Of the 10 percent of respondents who did report being mistreated:

  • 80 percent said that the perpetrator was a fellow student
  • 20 percent said it was an authority in the seminary, like an administrator or member of faculty
  • 16 percent said it was an authority figure in the church not directly affiliated with the seminary

While the results of this survey seem to be an improvement on the rampant reports of abuse in past years, this does not mean it is no longer an issue.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. This means that the majority go unreported. It is possible that there are more instances of sexual misconduct in seminaries that are simply not being reported.

Verdicts and Settlements

Client Reviews

Ben and Nate are great guys. They walked me through the whole process, from beginning til the end. The receptionist and very nice. Answer all my questions and concerns. I will refer them to anyone. Their not like other lawyers that talk around the topic. They tell you just how it is or how they believe it will be. Thank you guys so much.
S. W.
Ben and Nate took their time in handling my case with compassion and care. I never had to wonder what was going on. They always made sure to include me in each and every decision that needed to be made before they were made. Their entire staff was always very polite and knowledgeable. I cannot say enough kind words about Andreozzi + Foote; they are simply the best!
V. B.
One of the best personal injury lawyers in the country. Great experience. Really genuine people at Andreozzi and Associates.
B. E.
Handled our case SO well even though it took a long time to settle, and STILL helps us with paperwork related to the settlement account every now and then. They were honest with us from the get-go, worked REALLY hard on our behalf, and always kept in touch with us about what was going on. So pleased.
S. G.
When you and your child are victims of a horrid crime it's hard to understand why things are the way they are. Information and answers are what you want, but unfortunately the system doesn't offer that. Nathaniel has fielded and patiently listened to a broken mother wanting nothing more than for someone to help her understand why she has no answers, and through these phone calls Nathaniel has been very informative, honest and upfront. I would recommend Nathaniel and this firm to anyone who is seeking answers, help and professionalism in a firm when going through such difficult times.
S. L.
Can’t say enough about the kindness and compassion of this law office. They helped me immensely with a difficult case and the level of support they provided me was stellar.
L. A.

Get a Free Consultation