Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

June 15, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 15, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on clergy sexual abuse cases. The article outlines the open way the International Society for Krishna Consciousness handled allegations of sexual abuse and how that differs from the actions of the Catholic Church. "The Krishna case, which is still in the courts, alleges that dozens of children of Hare Krishna members were abused in the 1970s at church boarding schools in Texas, West Virginia and New York... Hare Krishna spokesman Anantanda Dasa... [said] that his movement did exactly what many have said the Catholic bishops should have done 15 years ago... The Krishnas admitted they had a history of molestation and other physical abuse in their religious boarding schools, called gurukalas... They set up an office of child protection and hired an outside investigator to study the treatment of children... That report was devastating, but the Hare Krishnas published it anyway." The article concludes that these actions could prove very costly in the courts.