-- all regions averaged from 3 - 6% of priests accused;
-- over 80% of victims were boys, mainly aged 11 - 17;
-- over 10,000 children were harmed;
-- these estimates don't "describe the extent of the problem;" more important is the incidence of sexual abuse and how many priests were accused annually;
-- the most prevalent abuse period was 1960 - 1984, lower subsequent numbers reflecting the declining percent of priests ordained annually; and
-- most important is not knowing the number of abuse cases never reported and not reflected in survey results.
A Global Problem
Priest child abuse accusations occur globally, especially in Europe, North and Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, areas with large Catholic populations. Cover-up is commonplace, Ireland one of many examples revealed by the 2009 Murphy Report stating: