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The “crisis” of clerical sexual abuse in the United States was time-specific. The incidence of abuse spiked in the late 1960s and began to recede dramatically in the mid-1980s. In 2010, seven credible cases of abuse were reported in a church that numbers over 65 million adherents.
Abusers were a tiny minority of Catholic priests. Some 4 percent of Catholic priests in active ministry in the United States were accused of abuse between the 1950s and 2002. There is not a shred of evidence indicating that priests abuse young people at rates higher than do people in the rest of society. On the contrary: Most sexual abuse takes place within families. The John Jay study concludes that, in 2001, whereas five young people in 100,000 may have been abused by a priest, the average rate of abuse throughout the United States was 134 for every 100,000 young people. The sexual abuse of the young is a widespread and horrific societal problem; it is by no means uniquely, or principally, a Catholic problem, or a specifically priestly problem.
I get that you don't want to have anything do with the church and that is just fine. What about family? Shouldn't that be held in equally high regard as the church? Family members are easily the worst offenders with uncles/cousins (18%), stepdads (12%), male siblings/bio fathers (10%), boyfriends of bio mom (9%), grandfathers/stepgrandfathers (7%) (http://www.catholicleague.org/sexual-abuse-in-social-context-clergy-and-other-professionals/). I know that reference is from a Catholic website, but I've seen similarly high stats through out different research projects in university.
If you are a child, you are more than twice as likely to be sexually abused by your brother than a priest.
I'm not trying to excuse the Catholic church for trying to cover up the abuse inflicted by a very few of it's members, but it shouldn't be omitted that it's only a very few. Still horrific. Still tragic. Absolutely no excuse for it.