Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims 'consented'

Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims 'consented'

The Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims "consented" in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.

Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.  

The revelation comes after news that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a Government agency, was denying some children compensation because it said they . . . 

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  • commented 2017-08-22 10:05:31 -0500
    “One claimant was told by lawyers for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark that his abuse, which included rape and began when he was 15, “actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship.”
    The Roman Catholic church appears willing to accept lowering the age of consent just so they DONT have to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests. Why not go the whole way and just say that adult-child is legal as long as the child consents-that would save them even more money. NAMBLA will cheer the pope and make everyone happy-except the children.