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11 September 2010 :: 15:09:00 pm 38149

Adriaenssens Report Details Abuse on Minors by Catholic Church

Details relating to the over 300 cases of alleged child abuse in the Catholic Church in Belgium has been released by a Church Investigator,
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Belgium, 11th September 2010: Cases of abuse of minors have apparently been discovered in nearly every diocese of the Catholic Church, with reports of 13 alleged victims having committed suicide. Two thirds of the abused were boys, but 100 girls are also said to have been victims.

Belgium media have said that the Church have chosen to brush the abuse under the carpet despite prosecution of the offenders.

A child psychiatrist who has been working with traumatised victims for 23 years said that nothing had prepared him for the details of the abuse, which emerged as former abusers gave their accounts.

The Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe who resigned this year admitted to sexually abusing a boy before and after becoming a Bishop, but there have been numerous alleged victims who have come forward to testify against him.

Reports that a police raid ten weeks ago to seize the commission’s files was illegal and so the information gained, cannot be used by prosecutors. The commission shut down after the raid and was never able to finish its enquiries, but the little information they were able to attain was grim, saying that the abuse was at its worst in the 1960’s when it was going on in almost every diocese and every church run boarding school. By the age of 15, the assaults on boys usually ended, but continued well into adulthood for the girls.

One victim told how his abuse started from the age of two, while a female victim stated that she had been abused at the age of 17 by a priest and had tried, but failed to seek help from a bishop in 1983, who told her to “ignore him and he will leave you alone”

In addition to those victims who successfully killed themselves, six others attempted suicide, but failed.

Peter Adriaenssens who headed the commission before its closure, said that people need to realize that the sexual abuse was extremely bad, which is the reason the victims were still suffering decades later and that the level of abuse declined in the 1980’s.

The commission stated that half of those accused of the crime of abuse on minors have since died and stressed that sexual abuse happens within all religions and organizations. The commission recommended that the abusers who did not come forward should be punished and a solidarity fund put in place for victims to which abusers should contribute.

The courts’ decision not to use the information from the seized files has been a serious blow to the prosecutors who have yet to bring charges in the current investigation of the abuse of minors by priests.

There have been hundreds of new cases of child abuse in which Church authorities have failed to deal with properly. Accused priests have in the past been moved from one parish to the next where the abuse continued.

Official reports in the Irish Republic have shown shockingly high levels of abuse and cover ups by clerics spanning several decades on both male and female minors.

The last decade has seen a number of priests from Belgium prosecuted for the sexual abuse of minors.

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