Source: (2011) Cardozo Journal Of Conflict Resolution. 13 (2):593-620

Allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of religious figures is an epidemic that has spread throughout the United States and abroad.' In the United States alone, U.S. bishops have reported receiving allegations of abuse committed by 6,115 Catholic priests, or 5.6 percent of the 109,694 active U.S. priests since 1950.2 The U.S. bishops also reported receiving allegations from 15,235 vic- tims, or 2.6 victims per priest;' however, this figure is universally acknowledged to be low. 4 Some estimates put the number of vic- tims in the United States at over 280,000.5 (Excerpt)