As more incidents of priest sexual abuse come to light in Pennsylvania and across the country, there is a palpable sense of at least some justice being served for crimes that have long been buried.
But why are more priests not in prison despite damning evidence of their past crimes? After all, most people who are caught for serious abuse crimes end up behind bars. So, what’s different about priests?
Arguably, because of their position of trust and respect in the community, their crimes are even more deserving of extensive jail time.
But it rarely happens. The majority of priests seem to get away with their crimes and go unpunished. We examine the reasons why…
Types of priest abuse
Priests and members of the Catholic clergy have been accused of the following types of abuse in Pennsylvania:
This is when sexual acts are forced on another person, including unwanted touching, kissing, and other sexual actions.
This includes any action that involves forced sexual actions, including rape and sexual abuse.