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Telling and Preserving the Stories of Survivors

What is the most effective way to tell the stories of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and religious in the Roman Catholic Church? A new research project under the leadership of Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., in consultation with a task force of survivors, will attempt to address this question. The perspective of survivors will be at the center of this study and its attempts to address the ongoing scandal from a new frame of reference.

The study will attempt to determine what means of telling a story (that is, through video, podcasts, audio clips, or written narrative) is most effective in future sexual abuse prevention programming focused on “training the trainers”: child safety officers, Church leadership, seminarians, and catechetical leaders in parishes and schools. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Georgetown University. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

The survey is part of the Global Culture of Safeguarding Project, Georgetown University.

Taking Responsibility Initiative

Georgetown University is part of the Taking Responsibility Initiative, led by Fordham University, which aims to explore the relationship between the structures of Roman Catholic and Jesuit institutions of secondary and higher education and the phenomena of clergy sexual abuse and its systematic concealment. 

Institutional Review Board Approval

This research has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (“IRB”). You may talk to the IRB at 202-687-1506 or if:

  • Your questions, concerns, or complaints are not being answered by the research team.
  • You cannot reach the research team.
  • You want to talk to someone besides the research team.
  • You have questions about your rights as a research subject.
  • You want to get information or provide input about this research.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for the study?

Please submit a preliminary interest form to learn more about participating in the study.

How will the study be conducted?

Read the full study description.

Who are the survey researchers?

The project researchers are Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., principal investigator, and Justine Huynh, graduate research assistant. Please know that Rev. McGlone will be blind to (not be able to know) participants’ identity. Due to the sensitive nature of this research and the fact that Rev. McGlone is a priest, he will only be a resource to those who request it. Justine Huynh will be the primary contact person throughout the course of the study.

Who should I contact with questions?

You can contact the project researchers at

Where can I find mental health resources?

Get Immediate Help:
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone: 1-800-656-4673

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
Phone: 1-877-SNAP HEALS (1-877-762-7432)

Washington, D.C. Mental Health Services Guide

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Additional Information About the Study

Project Researchers

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