Holy Crimes: Sexual Abuse by an Imposter Priest
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ignazio grattagliano
Department of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry
University of Bari, Italy
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 14, 2015; Accepted Date: June 08, 2015; Published Date: June 13, 2015
Citation: Grattagliano I, Scardigno DR, Cassibba R, Mininni G (2015) “Holy” Crimes: Sexual Abuse by an Imposter Priest. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:212. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000212
Copyright: © 2015 Grattagliano I, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The paper reports a case of prolonged sexual abuse against five minors perpetrated by an individual passing himself as a catholic clergy member. The case was brought to our attention within an expert investigation. Multiple levels (psychiatric, psychological, forensic, ethno-anthropological and communicative) characterize the dynamics, situations and meanings of the case. Such complexity underlines the need to combine the contribution of experts from different fields who complement each other, in order to achieve a full understanding of the specificity of the case, which stands in the dense network of perturbations caused by a double betrayal of the trust of the basic relationships of human sociality.