Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia

Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 21, No. 5, pp. 553-70, 2012

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 14/51

31 Pages Posted: 20 May 2014

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Patrick Parkinson

University of Queensland

Kim Oates

University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health

Amanda Jayakody

University of Newcastle (Australia) - School of Medicine and Public Health

Date Written: May 18, 2014

Abstract

This article reports on a retrospective study of cases of complaints of child sexual abuse made against clergy, other employed pastoral staff and volunteers in the Anglican Church of Australia between 1990 and 2008. The study was conducted on the invitation of the Anglican Church of Australia. There were 191 allegations of sexual abuse made by 180 complainants against 135 individuals. Twenty seven of those 135 had more than one complaint made against them. Three quarters of all complainants were male. The most likely explanation for the large proportion of abused males is that the church gives many more opportunities for abusers to be alone with boys than with girls. Prevention strategies need to focus on reducing the opportunities for abuse to occur, as well strategies concerning the recruitment of professional staff and volunteers.

Keywords: Child sexual abuse, churches, sex offenders, prevention

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Parkinson, Patrick and Oates, Kim and Jayakody, Amanda, Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia (May 18, 2014). Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Vol. 21, No. 5, pp. 553-70, 2012; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 14/51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2438533

Patrick Parkinson (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

Forgan Smith Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Queensland 4072
Australia

Kim Oates

University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health ( email )

Edward Ford Building A27
The University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales NSW 2006
Australia

Amanda Jayakody

University of Newcastle (Australia) - School of Medicine and Public Health ( email )

Newcastle
Australia

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