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Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Church abuse victims are very young
Added: Friday, September 10, 2010, 13:35
Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010, 16:30
Many victims of abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium were not older than four years. In some cases, they were even toddlers aged two. This is the conclusion of the research team led by child psychiatrist Adriaenssens who investigated the abuse on behalf of the church.
Adriaenssens collected about three hundred cases of child abuse. According to him, there was hardly any diocese or [Roman Catholic] boarding school in Belgium where no abuse occurred. Especially in the nineteen sixties it happened very often.
The research team could not finish their work, because the Belgian police ten weeks ago in a raid took all the files, for fear that the church wanted to create a cover-up. This week the judge ruled that the raid was unlawful.
According to Adriaenssens, victims could hardly count on help. “They knew that the perpetrators were powerful and that they themselves would not be believed,” he says.
A girl who reported abuse to a bishop, was told: “Just ignore him, then it will stop.”
At least thirteen abuse victims later committed suicide. Six others attempted suicide.
Less abuse happened in the nineteen eighties because there were fewer priests then and they had to do less with education.
Half of all suspects are already deceased. In many other cases the abuse is barred.
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