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Crossing boundaries

Power, vulnerability susceptible to sexual misconduct

Perhaps this is the greatest of understatements: It takes enormous courage to come forward as a victim of clergy sexual misconduct. Many victims don't report the abuse because of the myriad emotions. But some do.

In the ELCA, about 10 percent of clergy have engaged in some form of sexual misconduct, estimates Larraine Frampton, director for the program for the prevention of clergy sexual misconduct in the ELCA Division for Ministry. Frampton bases the percentage on several Protestant and Catholic studies, but says the estimate is likely low.


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