Catholic Church,Child sexual abuse,Child abuse

Australian Catholic Church: 7 Percent Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

February 7, 2017
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Seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia between 1950 and 2010 allegedly sexually abused children, according to data provided by church authorities in a major investigation. Australia is the latest country to unearth widespread, decades-long child abuse by Catholic Church authorities. The findings were released by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which launched in 2013 to look at child abuse in places like schools and government organizations. It started surveying church authorities shortly afterward, in response to the high number of survivors who told the commission they were abused at a Catholic Church institution. These stark findings represent the most comprehensive figures to date, and they were delivered by commission lawyer Gail Furness in her opening remarks at a public hearing in Sydney on church abuse. Here is what the commission found: 4,444 people reported child sexual abuse, which allegedly occurred at more than 1,000 different institutions between 1980 and 2015. The average age of the victims was 10.5 for girls and 11.6 for boys. The claims identified 1,880 different alleged perpetrators. The reported perpetrators were not just priests — they also included religious brothers, lay people and religious sisters. The majority were religious brothers or priests, at 32 and 30 percent each. 90 percent of the alleged perpetrators were male, 10 percent were female. The severity of the problem varied by location. For...

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