Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1,800 Complaints about Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment in Roman Catholic Church

The Foundation Hulp en Recht (Help and Rights) has received about 1,800 complaints of sexual abuse and maltreatment by officials of the Roman Catholic Church. 1,643 cases concern sexual abuse. 93 cases concern physical maltreatment and 63 concern psychological maltreatment. The foundation has appointed twelve legal advisers to help the victims write their complaints. The accused then gets the opportunity to write his defense. Most cases concern the period 1950-1975 and are subject to the statute of limitation.

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