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Confidential, Anonymous Survey for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Misconduct

By Catherine Thiemann

Catherine Thiemann

Are you a woman age 18 or older? Did you experience sexual misconduct from a member of the clergy when you were 16 or older? If you can answer “yes” to these two questions, Baylor University needs to hear from you. Following their landmark 2009 study on clergy sexual misconduct, Baylor is now trying to learn more about how churches respond.

As a survivor — both of clergy abuse and a flawed response from my former church — I’m grateful that Baylor is doing this study. I believe most church leaders want to do the right thing, but they don’t understand what we need in order to become whole again. By identifying church responses that offer most healing for victims, this study will be a valuable resource for church leaders at all levels.

Ministers, please consider sharing this invitation with members of your congregation, including these words from Dr. David Pooler, the study’s lead author.

Your experience as a survivor of clergy sexual misconduct matters to us. This is an invitation to participate in a national study conducted by Baylor University so we can better understand these experiences. This important project is funded by Hope of Survivors and the Grant Me The Wisdom foundation. It is hoped that this research will provide information about how churches and denominations can better respond to people who have been abused by a church leader.

If you are a woman who is 18 years or older and the abuse occurred at age 16 or after in your life, we want you to participate. There are questions about you, your church, and the ways your church did or did not support you. Below is the link to an anonymous Internet survey. We are not asking for information that can personally identify you. Your involvement in this research is critically important. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. Please note: This survey could take up to 30 minutes, so please set aside some dedicated time to work on it. We hope that you will benefit from knowing that your responses will help generate new knowledge and awareness around this important issue.

To take the survey, click the following link: https://baylor.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_exotRD9c2AtSt6J

Feel free to forward or share this link with other survivors.

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