Scandal in France: 216 thousand young people abused by Catholic Church priests, mostly boys
Some 216,000 children have been abused by members of the Catholic clergy in France since 1950. The head of a panel investigating abuses by Church priests, Jean-Marc Sauve, released figures on sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church, adding: that the number could go up to 330 thousand if the lay members of the Church are also included. One of the victims of abuse said that this is a turning point in the history of France.
The scandal in France is the latest to give another blow to the Roman Catholic Church, in terms of reports of sexual abuse worldwide.
The French investigation has been requested by the French Catholic Church itself since 2018. To find the figures and data, prosecutors, courts, police and Church members have been involved who have spoken to victims of abuse but also to witnesses. Sauve, a senior civil servant, said that by the early 2000s, the Catholic Church had "shown a deep and even cruel indifference to the victims."
The commission found evidence of a minimum of 2,900 to 3,200 abusers out of a total of 115,000 priests and other clergy. The report, which is nearly 2,500 pages long, says the vast majority of the victims were pre-adolescent boys from a variety of social backgrounds. "The Catholic Church, after the circle of family and friends, holds the highest prevalence of sexual violence," the report said.
The revelations have begun to shock the citizens of France themselves. While experts say that most cases are difficult to handle because of the law, but also because of abusers who are already at a much older age.
* BBC article, translated and adapted into Albanian by Tiranapost.al.