SDA Abuse Facts

Abuse is common throughout every segment of society and the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not excluded.

There are many documented cases of abuse within the Seventh-day Adventist Church:

30% of women in a Seventh-day Adventist Church have been abused.

50% of girls at an area Seventh-day Adventist youth camp revealed they had been abused by a father or relative.

Percentage of those responding to the Southeastern California Conference of SDA survey who have experienced family crises:

24% have been divorced or permanently separated.
30% were physically abused at home before age 18.
43% were verbally or emotionally abused at home before age 18.
16% experienced incest at home before age 18.
13% have abused drugs or alcohol.
37% have lived with a drug or alcohol abuser.
7% have attempted suicide.
27% have had suicidal inclinations.

Oregon Conference of SDA - Family Life Department
AdventistReview - August 18, 1994