Study says Dutch Catholic Church sexually abused thousands, bishops apologise
The commission estimated that 10,000 to 20,000 minors were sexually abused in Catholic orphanages, boarding schools and seminaries between 1945 and 1981, with offences ranging from very mild to serious, including rape. Education changes meant few Catholic homes for minors remained after 1981, but abuses involving the church continued.
“Several tens of thousands of minors were subjected to mild, serious, and very serious forms of inappropriate sexual behavior in the Roman Catholic Church,” from the end of World War Two until 2010, the commission said.
Most cases were of mild to moderate abuse, such as touching, but it estimated “several thousand” instances of rape.
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