Study Shows 1 In 33 Women Propositioned By Religious Leader

September 10, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that 1 in every 33 women who attend church are sexually preyed upon by their clergy.

The study found that in several denominations and religions, it is surprisingly common for clergy to begin illicit sexual affairs with women within the congregation, despite their claims to moral integrity. In most cases, these clergy members are married at the time of the sexual advances.

In most belief systems and denominations it is considered non-consensual when a member of the clergy becomes sexually involved with a member of the congregation that they are not married to. This is due to the manipulation that can occur with such an abuse of power.

In fact, most are required to take regular classes to identify and prevent sexual misconduct, both with adults and children. Both are considered forms of abuse.

Within certain churches, clergy are also regularly run against national sex offender registries to ensure they have not been disciplined in the past.

The study was conducted by Baylor University, and used surveys taken of almost 3600 people in 2008.

Some may wonder why, if the two are both consenting adults, it is the place of the church to condemn it.

The problem is that a member of clergy has a great deal of influence in a position of authority as a man or woman of that religion’s god. This instills a great deal of trust in the member of the congregation, who turns to that member of clergy for guidance and direction.

It is similar to the relationship between a therapist and patient, and relationships exploited by religious leads has been shown to have negative effects on the member of the church.

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