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By Michael A. Airdo and Meghan E. Riley

This article focuses primarily on instances of physical and psychological exploitation engaged in by religious members and the legal consequences arising therefrom. Specifically, the article describes several different exploitation scenarios that might occur within an institute, the civil and criminal liability potentially arising from each set of facts for both individual members and the institute, and briefly, how leaders of institutes can better protect against liability for misconduct committed by a member.

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