The prevalence of clergy sexual advances toward adults in their congregations

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We use the 2008 General Social Survey to estimate the prevalence of clergy sexual advances toward adults in their congregations. Overall, 3.1 percent of women who attend religious services at least monthly reported being the object of a sexual advance by a clergyperson or religious leader in their own congregation since turning 18; 2.2 percent of regularly attending women reported a sexual advance from a married leader that did not lead to an openly acknowledged relationship. We examine differences in the prevalence of this experience by education, region, religious tradition, marital status, age, and race. © 2009 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chaves, M; Garland, D

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 817 - 824

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-5906

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8294

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2009.01482.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus