Independent Committee to study Church sex abuses in Portugal

    04-Dec-2021   
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An independent Committee has been formed to study sex abuses in Church in Portugal. The Committee will begin the study in Jan 2022. The six-person Committee includes psychiatrists, a former Supreme Court judge and a social worker.
 
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“We appeal to everyone who may have been a victim of these crimes to dare to speak up, to come forward finally and without fear about what happened to them,” Pedro Stretch, a psychiatrist who heads the new national Committee, said.
 
There have been many cases of sexual abuse of children by Christian priests, nuns and other members of church organisations. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the cases have involved many allegations, investigations, trials, convictions, acknowledgement and apologies by Church authorities, and revelations about decades of instances of abuse and attempts by Church officials to cover them up. The abused include mostly boys but also girls, some as young as three years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.
 
By the 1990s, the cases began to receive significant media and public attention in countries including Canada, the United States, Chile, Australia and Ireland, and much of Europe. From 2001 to 2010, the Holy See examined sex abuse cases involving about 3,000 priests, some of which dated back fifty years.