16 Dec '11, 11am

Dutch church sexually abused thousands: Commission

Dutch church sexually abused thousands: Commission

Mr Wim Deetman, chairman of the Dutch investigating Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic church, speaks during the presentation of the report in The Hague on Dec 16, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - Tens of thousands of children have been victims of sexual abuse by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands since 1945, an independent commission said on Friday, criticising what it called the church's cover-up and cultural silence. The commission estimated that 10,000 to 20,000 minors were sexually abused while in the care of Catholic institutions such as orphanages, boarding schools and seminaries, between 1945 and 1981, with offences ranging from the very mild to the serious, including rape. After 1981, there were few church-run homes for minors. It also said that from the end of World War Two until 2010, 'several tens of thousands of minors were sub...

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