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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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dani17731 dani17731 8 years
mamasitamalita, I think anon means that just because a person is in church doesn't make them a "good" person, i.e. exempt from making inappropriate sexual advances.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Well I have been attending Christian churches for the last twenty years (different ones, we moved a lot) and also went to a Christian college. I never experienced anything like that, nor do I know anyone who did. It was quite the opposite really, because you actually felt like "Hey, here's an older guy I can actually respect and count on as a mentor." However, "religious" is a pretty broad term so who knows who it's actually referring to.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
Doesn't surprise me one bit...the more a person talks about how religion/being good etc., the more likely it is that they are the exact opposite.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, this doesn't surprise me.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
This does not surprise me at all. There are a lot of religious people who claim to be sooooo darn religious but yet they are the worst of the sinners. Usually people in the pulpit don't practice what they preach at all.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
Anonymous, I have zero clue what your point is...
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