'Tens of thousands tortured, including children'; Report against French Catholic priests

‘Tens of thousands tortured, including children’; Report against French Catholic priests

Paris: At least 10,000 people have been reported sexually abused since 1950. The news agency CNN reported that the report of an independent commission of inquiry set up by the church in France contained shocking information. It is reported that minors and other vulnerable people may have been abused. The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE), an independent commission, found that at least 10,000 French Catholic priests had been abused. CNN reports that the commission issued a statement on Monday.

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The commission says it has about 6,500 revelations about 3,000 victims so far. CIASE President Zhang Mark Zhao said it was not possible at this stage to say what percentage of people had provided accurate information to the commission. “The number of victims is likely to be at least 10,000. The investigation is ongoing and information is being gathered from the public. CNN reports that Zong Mark Zhao said, “We can say the exact number of victims.” The commission was set up in 2018 by the church and religious institutions following reports of exploitation. Also Read: The Commission is funded by the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference. But its members do not receive any instructions or salaries from the church. The commission is expected to submit its final report by the end of 2021. Earlier in May 2019, Pope Francis had issued a directive that anyone with knowledge of sexual violence should report it to their superiors.


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