This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The charter created a National Review Board, which was assigned responsibility to commission a descriptive study, with the full cooperation of the dioceses and eparchies, of the nature and scope of the problem of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
The period covered by the John Jay study began in and ended in Summary[ edit ] The report determined that, during the period from to , a total of 10, individuals had made allegations of child sexual abuse. However, of these accused, only 5. The number of alleged abuses increased in the s, peaked in the s, declined in the s, and by the s had returned to the levels of the s. The dioceses were encouraged to issue reports of their own based on the surveys that they had completed.
Of the 4, clergy accused, 3, were not investigated because the cleric had already died. Of the remainder 1, were reported to police and of those, were charged, resulting in convictions and prison sentences; In total, out of the , priests who were surveyed, were imprisoned.
The convicted clergy therefore represent less than 0. Nature of the problem[ edit ] The John Jay study analyzed allegations of sexual abuse gathered via surveys of Catholic dioceses. Allegations[ edit ] The period covered by the John Jay study began in and ended in The number of alleged abuses increased in the s, peaked in the s, declined in the s and by the s had returned to the levels of the s. According to the John Jay Report, one-third of the accusations were made in and Another third of the allegations were reported between and The most frequent context for abuse was a social event and many priests socialized with the families of victims.
Abuses occurred in a variety of places with the most common being the residence of the priest. It said that most of the abusers engaged in multiple types of abuses.
Most of the allegations involved touching over or under clothing. The study said sexual abuse "includes contacts or interactions between a child and an adult when the child is being used as an object of sexual gratification for the adult.