Roman Catholic girls were abused by nuns, molested by priests: Dutch commission

A commission investigating abuse of children linked to Dutch Roman Catholic institutions says girls were sexually abused by members of the clergy in their homes and in church, while they suffered physical abuse and intimidation at the hands of nuns at homes for young women.

The report follows a previous study focused on boys, which found boys were especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in boarding schools.

The commission, led by former Hague mayor Wim Deetman, was funded by the Catholic church. In preliminary conclusions in December 2011 it estimated that up to 20,000 children were molested at Catholic boarding schools between 1945 and 2010, and “several tens of thousands” faced abuse of some kind.

Monday’s follow-up study focused more on Catholic girls and young women, who in addition to boarding schools were often sent to homes for unwed mothers run by nuns if they became pregnant without being married.

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  • gustavo wingord
    commented 2013-03-13 15:39:13 -0500
    child abuse is the most abominable crime possible , such a coward and cruelly destructive person should be immediately separated from society life , not giving him or her any possibility to commit any further abuse
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-03-12 11:08:53 -0500
    I suggest to you, that this story about abuse in Russia, is not the “STORY OF THE DAY”.

    I tell you, that in reality, a reality that God knows you must face now, the “STORY OF THE DAY” today March 12, 2013, is the opening of the Catholic Conclave to elect the new Pope.

    I say and pray to you; Do not let the seeming pagentry and the SEEMING “cleanliness, holiness and majesty” of the rituals and “oaths” used to open this conclave, intimidate you.

    For surely, if you, the strongest of the victims, the strongest of the survivors let this day in the Catholic Church intimidate you, surely the pedophiles, whom we all know Christ has advised should be drown, will “win” and yet again be enabled to abuse children and the disabled yet another day. PLEASE PLEASE STAY IN THE VATICAN. DO NOT CEASE TO BE VISIBLE AND HEARD. AND, PLEASE,


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