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Post  Panda on Fri 16 Dec - 10:52

Dec 16, 4:49 AM EST


Inquiry: Thousands abused in Catholic institutions



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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Thousands of children suffered
sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions, and church officials failed
to adequately address the abuse or help the victims, according to a
long-awaited investigation released Friday.
The report by the an independent commission said Catholic officials failed to tackle the widespread abuse "to prevent scandals."
Based
on a survey among more than 34,000 people, the commission estimated
that one in 10 Dutch children suffered some form of abuse. The number
doubled to 20 percent of children who spent some of their youth in a
Catholic institution.
The commission said it
received some 1,800 complaints of abuse at Catholic schools, seminaries
and orphanages and that the institutions suffered from "a failure of
oversight."
The commission was set up last
year under the leadership of former government minister Wim Deetman to
investigate allegations of abuse dating from 1945.
The
investigation followed allegations of repeated incidents of abuse at
one cloister that quickly spread to claims from Catholic institutions
across the country, echoing similar scandals around the world.
The
Dutch branch of the Catholic church agreed last month to launch a
compensation system that clears the way for victims of abuse by priests
and other church workers to receive payments.
The
new compensation system has a scale starting at euro5,000 ($6,500) and
rising to a maximum of euro100,000 ($130,000) depending on the nature of
the abuse.
According to the Dutch Central
Bureau for Statistics, 29 percent of the Dutch population of 16 million
identified themselves as Catholics in 2008, making it the largest
religion in the country.
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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 21 Mar - 12:17

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17453849

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Post  Panda on Wed 21 Mar - 16:14

Not Born Yesterday wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17453849

Thanks...NBY,


'Serious and shocking'

Henk Hethuis, a pupil at a Catholic boarding school, was 18 when he told police in 1956 he was being abused by a Dutch monk. He was castrated on the instructions of Catholic priests, NRC Handelsblad said, and told this would "cure" him of his homosexuality.

How come this Boy could not tell his Family?????? This is diabolical and proves Catholic Priests abuse young Boys all over the World. What a terrible price he paid for telling the Police, I would not have gone back to the Boarding School if I was him.



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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 21 Mar - 18:10

I don't know if this has been posted previously. A BBC programme called Abused: Breaking the Silence told of the abuse suffered by boys in the 1960s at two schools run by the same Catholic order; one in Leicestershire and one in Tanzania.

Here's a link to the first part of the programme on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN7k95iz8Gc&feature=related

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Post  Panda on Wed 21 Mar - 18:32

Not Born Yesterday wrote:I don't know if this has been posted previously. A BBC programme called Abused: Breaking the Silence told of the abuse suffered by boys in the 1960s at two schools run by the same Catholic order; one in Leicestershire and one in Tanzania.

Here's a link to the first part of the programme on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN7k95iz8Gc&feature=related

Thanks NBY........yet it still goes on.!!!

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It happens everywhere

Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 21 Mar - 18:43

Then of course there was the case in the 1980s in England which was featured on Esther Rantzen's programme That's Life and led to the setting up of the charity Childline.

How dreadful it must have been in earlier times when these things weren't talked about and there was nowhere to go to seek help.

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