Print Edition - 2018-09-26  |  World News Digest

German church to own up to child abuse

- AGENCIES, FULDA (Germany)

Sep 26, 2018-

Germany’s Catholic Church was on Tuesday due to confess to thousands of cases of sexual assault against children, but victims blasted it for failing to reveal the true scale of the abuse and end decades of impunity. The Church will release a damning report showing that in Germany alone, almost 3,700 minors were assaulted between 1946 and 2014. The report’s authors say the real figure was likely four times higher. Commissioned by the German Bishops’ Conference, it is the latest in a series of reports on sexual crimes and cover-ups worldwide spanning decades that has shaken the Catholic Church. Victims said it falls short of what is needed to flush out perpetrators. They urged the Church to bring in independent experts for a thorough audit, adding that victims should be offered compensation. “The system of abuse, transfers and cover-ups cannot be mapped out” by a study that had access only to available personnel documents, said the victims’ association Eckiger Tisch.

Published: 26-09-2018 09:28

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