Friday, September 10, 2010

The staggering scale of clergy sexual abuse is Belgium

This quote says it all, We can say that no congregation escapes sexual abuse of minors by one or several of its members. Apparently, Catholic clergy sexual abuse is systemic.

The 200-page report, published on Friday, contains testimonies from some 124 anonymous victims, revealing that abuse for most began at the age of 12.

It noted a "high number of suicides" with 13 deaths and six attempts attributed to "sexual abuse by a cleric".

"We are talking here about anal and oral abuse, forced and mutual masturbation," said Peter Adriaenssens, the psychiatric specialist in paedophilia who chaired the commission.

Shudder, gasp. I am without words.