The 2004 John Jay Report was based on a study of 10,667 allegations against 4,392 priests accused of engaging in sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002.
The report stated there were approximately 10,667 reported victims (younger than 18 years) of clergy sexual abuse during this period:
Around 81 percent of these victims were male.
22.6% were age 10 or younger, 51% were between the ages of 11 and 14, and 27%
were between the ages to 15 to 17 years.
A substantial number (almost 2000) of very young children were victimized by
priests during this time period.
9,281 victim surveys had information about an investigation. In 6,696 ,72% cases,
an investigation of the allegation was carried out. Of these, 4,570 80% were
substantiated; 1,028 , 18% were unsubstantiated; 83 1.5% were found to be false.
In 56 cases, priests were reported to deny the allegations.
More than 10 percent of these allegations were characterized as not substantiated.
This does not mean that the allegation was false; it means only that the diocese or
order could not determine whether the alleged abuse actually took place.
or approximately 20 percent of the allegations, the priest was deceased or inactive
at the time of the receipt of the allegation and typically no investigation was
conducted in these circumstances
In 38.4% of allegations, the abuse is alleged to have occurred within a single year,
in 21.8% the alleged abuse lasted more than a year but less than 2 years, in 28%
between 2 and 4 years, in 10.2% between 5 and 9 years and, in under 1%, 10