At least 330,000 children were sexually abused in Catholic Church in France - New report

At least 330,000 children were sexually abused in Catholic Church in France - New report




A shocking report released Tuesday, October 5, in France has revealed that an estimated 330,000 children were victims of sex abuse within France's Catholic Church over the past 70 years.



The 2,500-page document prepared by an independent commission comes as the Catholic Church in France, and even in other countries brace up to accept its role in sexual abuse worldwide.



The president of the commission that issued the report, Jean-Marc Sauve, said the estimate, based on scientific research, includes abuses committed by priests and others clerics as well as non-religious people involved in the church.



He revealed that about 80% are male victims.



"The consequences are very serious," Sauve said. "About 60% of men and women who were sexually abused encounter major problems in their sentimental or sexual life."



The commission worked two and half years, listening to victims and witnesses and studying church, court, police and press archives as far back as the 1950s. A hotline launched at the beginning of the probe received 6,500 calls from alleged victims or people who said they knew a victim.


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