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Global Data on Sexual Abuse in the Church

Data-driven social issue poster demonstrating the international allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church

Global Data on Sexual Abuse in the Church

Data-driven social issue poster demonstrating the international allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church

Challenge

In 2018, the number of stories of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church peaked, as an increasing number of people have spoken out about the experiences they have had as children in schools, orphanages, and choirs. These stories have been reported by local and at times national news. However, the Church is an institution that operates internationally, in more countries than Apple or McDonalds. To demonstrate the global reach of this crisis, aggregate data of recorded allegations were reduced to four key elements: the country of origin, the year of the first alleged transgression, the total, combined number of perpetrators of said transgressions, and the total, combined number of victims.

Challenge

In 2018, the number of stories of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church peaked, as an increasing number of people have spoken out about the experiences they have had as children in schools, orphanages, and choirs. These stories have been reported by local and at times national news. However, the Church is an institution that operates internationally, in more countries than Apple or McDonalds. To demonstrate the global reach of this crisis, aggregate data of recorded allegations were reduced to four key elements: the country of origin, the year of the first alleged transgression, the total, combined number of perpetrators of said transgressions, and the total, combined number of victims.

The graphic of a cross was converted into a graph with four axes: two vertical axes containing the country name and the year, and two horizontal axes containing the number of perpetrators and number of victims. Various coloured strokes connect the data, from country (left), to year (right), to perpetrators (bottom), to victims (top).

The graphic of a cross was converted into a graph with four axes: two vertical axes containing the country name and the year, and two horizontal axes containing the number of perpetrators and number of victims. Various coloured strokes connect the data, from country (left), to year (right), to perpetrators (bottom), to victims (top).