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Women the Target of Sexual Advances By Religious Leaders

There's a new survey out there that will make you say: "Oh my God!" According to Baylor University researchers, one in every 33 women who attend religious services regularly has been a target of sexual advances made by a religious leader. What's worse, two-thirds of the offending leaders were married when they hit on a worshiper.

Luckily, many denominations treat relations between leaders and worshipers like sexual harassment in the workplace. The Rabbinical Assembly, a group of conservative rabbis, officially states that the "power imbalance between clergy and those to whom the minister makes it clear that sexual contacts in these situations are by definition nonconsensual." In addition, many faiths have clergy go through mandatory training on how to prevent sexual misconduct. But based on the survey, which reveals widespread misconduct, it appears more efforts are needed.

Do these results surprise you? Is there nowhere a woman can go free from sexual advances?

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