" I was molested by a priest when I was 13, and underdeveloped, does this mean I was raped by a molester, or was I raped by a "situational generalist?"
The reason for this question was that Dr. Terry, and the ingenious group of PhD's and clergy treatment centers and specialists, refer kindly to molesters who molest post-pubescent males as "situational generalists", instead of molesters or rapists; which I feel is a white washing of the criminal nature of the violation, and a predator-friendly term to downplay the crime.
Dr. Terry explained that the predominant amount of clergy abuse claims were for abuses that occurred in 1994, and in 2002, and were mostly claims that were old, made against priests who were ordained in the 1940's and 1950's. She also claimed that the professionals at John Jay College found that there were only about 4% of priests that were reported to be abusers.
This number ironically, and comically in my opinion, was derived from questionnaires that were sent to the Catholic Dioceses. Imagine that. And this figure, that was supplied to the PhD's and professional criminologists at the world famous college, was given back to them by the dioceses; many of which were sued for sex abuse coverups and crimes against countless children - most of which habitually denied credible claims of abuse brought by victims.
It does not take a college educated PhD to figure out that these diocesan sources of mass criminal activity would probably not give an accurate number of abuse cases or number of clergy abusers to the John Jay criminology study....DUH.
After Dr. Terry had completed her speech, approximately ten minutes later during break, she approached me to privately answer my question. Dr. Terry told me that she could not answer my question as to whether the molester who raped me was a pedophile or not, because she did "not know what the intention of the priest was". She further explained that this was because "there is a different treatment for an abuser who molests a prepubescent, as compared to a molester who is a "situational generalist". This is typical of institutions hired by the church, there is little or no sympathy for victims, which has has a negative effect on attendance at churches globally. They still don't get it.
This is also a testament to the absence of care for the trauma that was caused to abuse victims, and the value placed on the souls and lives of the victims; which is apparently almost non-existent.
Not only did her answer support my conviction that the criminologists who worked on this so called independent report whitewash the sick clerical rapists categorical name and their related crime down, but it insensitively insulted the victim. And I told her so.
She repeated herself when I said this, and I responded that in addition that "the 4% figure of abusive priests " is grossly false and biased, obviously because of the source, and she appeared to become increasingly angry. She did however, admit that " sex abuse of minors is agreeably under-reported "; which supported my claim that the study is flawed and inaccurate.
So why is the John Jay Report, and the professional clergy who quote it constantly, continuing to pull the wool over peoples eyes?
Because they can. It's that magical three letters after the speakers names; P, H, and D.
As far as most of the other speakers at the convention are concerned, I will say that many of their speeches were blanket fluff, and filler; and very suspect because Thomas Plante and Kathleen McChesney and company have a conflict-and a duplicitous role in my opinion. They are paid by the Jesuits, and/or the church, and I do not believe they can be true representers of truth, clergy abuse victims, and the corrupt church - all at the same time.
In conclusion, what I have learned is that the catholic church has become wiser, and learned a great deal from this "crisis".
And what I believe they have learned is this:
1- Hire PhD's of many organizations, and pay them well.
2- Use the intelligence and training of these professionals to convince the public of your agenda.