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You'd be hard pressed to find cases of sexually abused girls, or even prepubescent boys.

Here is some data from the study commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Deacons, by Karen Terry et al., prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Washington DC: USCCB, 2004)

The results of our study indicated that of all victims whose gender was reported, (Table 4.3.1) 81% were male and 19% were female.

The majority of victims are males between the ages of 11-17, and just over half (50.7%) of all individuals who made allegations of abuse were between the ages of 11-14. The average age of all alleged victims is 12.6.

If you look at Table 4.3.2 you'll see that nearly 23% of victims reported that the first instance of abuse was when they were 10 years old or younger.

Of all the accounts I've read or seen or heard of the majority involved sexual abuse by priests of teenage males.

Are the majority of victims reporting male? Yes. Is there a reason someone would be hard-pressed to learn about the 1 in 5 of the cases who are female or pre-pubescent? Also yes.

The commercial media, regardless of the "stream" with which it identifies itself exists for one purpose -- to sell advertising seconds. (or did you think Jeff Gordon really liked Pepsi that much?) They do whatever serves that end most efficiently. If Rush could sell more Select-Comfort beds reading from Mao's little red book, he would do it and do it well. If Olberman could sell more Ford trucks delivering self-indulgent bloviations condemning Hillary and Ted, he'd be bulging his eyes and flashing his teeth out of the right side of his mouth. Don't trust people who are paid to tell you lies so you will buy stuff! Enjoy the show if you wish, but don't confuse it with the world outside the screen.

The distortion/counter-distortion equation can never balance itself. The need is too urgent for us to wait to see who's the last guest standing at the end of the Springer show.

In matters of real importance researching peer-reviewed literature is more illuminating than the opportunistic revisionism of agenda-driven pop culture. (and keep an eye out for those peer's agendas as well!) Drudge may sell a lot more Visa cards than Karen Terry et al., but then that's his job. Working hard enough to uncover the facts is ours.

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