Clerical sex abuse scandal has led to few convictions
By Patsy McGarry, August 26, 2016, The Irish Times
One of the more remarkable features of the clerical child sexual abuse scandal has been the low conviction level of alleged perpetrators in the courts.
Last September the National Board for Safeguarding Children, the Catholic Church watchdog in Ireland, published a report looking at 325 allegations made against 141 members of six religious congregations.
Of those, the report found, only eight led to convictions.
Whatever the explanation, there is no doubt a sense of justice denied can compound the distress of abuse victims.
One such person is Jim. He is in his 30s, and his life “has been destroyed by the negative effects of sexual abuse”. So said . . .