the statistics are available for anyone to see.
A. 200 charges of sexual assault against 30 Catholic Christian Brothers.
B. In the USA in 2007, there were 248,300 victims of sexual assault in a population of 300,000,000.
248,300 divided by 300,000,000 is about a 0.8% abuse rate in the general population.
200 divided by the number of Catholic Christian Brothers in the USA gives the abuse rate for Catholic Christian Brothers.
Then you have to consider whether children abused in the Catholic Church are less likely to report sexual harassment than other people (adult men, women, children) abused in the general population.
Then you have to consider that sex assault of children is a subcategory of sex assault overall, so the percent of reported child sex assault in the general population is lower than .8%.Qualitatively worse
The abuse that occurred 50 years ago was very much more worse qualitatively than in the general population. That is because the abuse took place in the context of strong regular corporal punishment. The view in Catholic Schools was that whipping children with canes or thick boards was a major good way to "deal" with kids' mistakes.
I have enough anecdotal evidence from elderly acquaintances that in northern states the whippings in Catholic schools were usually harder and more frequent than in public schools in the 1950's. The "brothers" and the children are already used to a physically abusive relationship and where the children are forced to physically submit and bend over for whippings. Sex abuse becomes worse and more likely to happen in this context as you saw with the straps, where disagreement meant more whippings.
Some private non-diocesan Catholic schools in Louisiana still whip children, and southern states' laws have Teacher Protection Acts to protect teachers who cause bruises, which often happens with caning, board whippings, and leather strappings.
Nowadays all diocesan Catholic schools recognize that whipping chidlren is wrong, and most northern states would consider whippings that cause bruises to be child abuse.Elijah Maria,
do you look fondly on good old-fashioned Catholic school discipline, or do you think that frequent physical abuse made sex abuse more violent?