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  . . . 

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  • Alan Doyle
    commented 2016-08-27 07:41:20 -0500
    This fact was a huge revelation to me. In 2012, I met with attorney Mitchell Garabedian in Boston to present my case against the Catholic Church. However, he refused to take my case. It wasn’t until I saw the movie Spotlight that understood why (e.g some attorneys have made a cottage industry out of suing the Catholic Church). The legal system, Politicians, and even the Press are all involved in the cover-up of criminal pedophile Catholic priests. It isn’t what you would expect in a country with a Constitution that states…there is a Separation of Church and State. (e.g. hence my Facebook icon).
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