The press is full of stories about the Catholic church's $660M settlement in L.A. Archdiocese sexual abuse case. I don't cover sexual abuse in that Catholic church for two reasons. I am a protestant Atheist, or I should say, I was brought up in a protestant environment before becoming an Atheist. I know very little about the Catholic church, so I don't like to write about their problems. Plus, several website's do an outstanding job of tracking catholic clergy abuse, like the Rick A. Ross institute.
I find it interesting that the Vatican felt it necessary to spread the blame today. To quote Father Federico Lombardi, "other institutions should take steps to deal with such wickedness within their own ranks". He's talking about the Baptists. We all understand that... right?
Several people have asked me how many sexual abuse cases are reported each year with the various protestant denominations. According the the Insurance Journal's Rose French, the estimated is about 260 cases per year.
The largest company, Church Mutual, reported an average of about 100 sex abuse cases a year involving minors over the past decade. GuideOne, which has about half the clients of Church Mutual, said it has received an average of 160 reports of sex abuse against minors every year for the past two decades.
Brotherhood Mutual said it has received an average of 73 reports of child sex abuse and other sexual misconduct every year for the past 15 years. However, Brotherhood does not specify which victims are younger than 18 so it is impossible to accurately add that to the total cases.
260 is the reported number. French estimates the number is significantly higher. 260 is the tip of the iceberg because independent protestant churches are not compelled to report abuse. Some prefer to handle sexual abuse cases internally. If we take a conservative approach and say 100 extra sexual abuse case per year go unreported, then my tag line of "Another week, another Baptist Pedophile" needs revision. Perhaps the line should read "Another day, another pedophile pastor?"