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USA: Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children

Saturday 22 December 2018, by siawi3

Source: https://ffrf.org/news/timely-topics/item/15861-betrayal-of-trust

Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 750
Madison, Wisconsin 53701
Copyright 1988, Annie Laurie Gaylor

The first nonfiction book addressing the religious scandal of molestation of minors by members of the clergy was “Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children” by Annie Laurie Gaylor, which was published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 1988. Although the book is now out-of-print, and cites cases dating to the 1980s, it unfortunately is not out-of-date; all too little has changed since the first public exposure of pedophilia by priests and pastors. “Betrayal of Trust” (92 pages) documents the patterns of denial, inaction, cover-up, collusion, “forgiveness of sins,” and blame of victims endemic in many church congregations and denominations.

The entire book (now out of print) is reproduced here.