Soooo. What they're saying is that instead of taking personal responsibility for an abhorrent abuse of power, they should blame others for making them ill-equipped to deal with stress? What?
I can't really say that the first thing that crosses my mind when, for example, I'm on a tight deadline at work and Adobe Illustrator crashes, taking my 5 hours of labor with it, is I need to molest something, quick!
Why these men should be exempt from taking the full force of the blame is beyond me. They chose their actions.
On another note, you guys might find this article
of some interest to you, as well. It's an interview of a sex abuse victim who is also a clergyman -- I heard it on NPR yesterday on my way home from work and this quote in particular stuck with me:
NORRIS: You were abused by several people, and I'm wondering if there were any consistencies in their behavior or their personalities. Did these men have anything in common?
Fr. HOATSON: Yes. They seemed to be mired and meshed in the culture of the church. The day I entered the religious life, which is sort of a seminary, my superior said to me, Bob, you are a cold person. I'm going to be the one to warm you up.
Well, at 18, I had no idea what he was talking about until much later when I realized that was a real grooming mechanism to prepare me for being preyed upon. I think all of the men that abused me were kind of protected by this cocoon of power and authority and, like, I work for God so I can do anything I want.