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Taking Responsibility

Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of Clergy Sexual Abuse

An Initiative of Fordham University

Fordham University has received a major private foundation grant to advance research regarding the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable persons in Jesuit institutions of education. This interdisciplinary initiative is a partnership of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and the Department of Theology.

Our activities will include the following:

  1. funding research by Fordham faculty and faculty at other Jesuit institutions;
  2. hosting panels, webinars, reading groups, and other events dedicated to understanding the experience of structurally vulnerable groups (including but not limited to children; African American, Latinx, and Indigenous populations; working-class populations; and college students);
  3. developing literature reviews and other resources intended for administrators, staff, faculty, alumni, and students at Jesuit educational institutions; and
  4. creating a partner network of Jesuit educational institutions dedicated to our goal of “confronting the causes and legacy of clergy sexual abuse.”

This website will be updated as our program develops. If you wish to be alerted about major developments, please contact us at


If you are a survivor of clerical sexual abuse at Fordham, we strongly encourage you to report your experience to Fordham's Special Committee on Clerical Sexual Abuse and with the victim advocate for the Jesuits USA East Province.