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Transmitted 02/27/2004 9:44 AM ET

Clergy abuse statistics at a glance

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Here at a glance are key figures from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice study titled "The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002." The study was released in Washington Feb. 27.

-- 4,392 priests/deacons were accused. Of these, 41 were permanent deacons.

-- Allegations were made against 4 percent of the 109,694 priests serving during the period.

-- Allegations were lodged on behalf of 10,667 people.

-- 75 percent of the abuse incidents occurred during 1960-84.

-- Total sex abuse related costs reported during the period were $573 million with $219 million covered by insurance.

-- 81 percent of the victims were males, and 19 percent were females.

-- 50.9 percent of the victims were 11-14 years old and 27.3 percent were 15-17 years old.

-- 56 percent of the accused had only one victim and 27 percent had two or three victims.


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