Study Reveals 3,667 Sex Abuse Cases In German Catholic Church In Last 70 Years - Reports

Study Reveals 3,667 Sex Abuse Cases in German Catholic Church in Last 70 Years - Reports

A report commissioned by the German Bishops Conference and prepared by three universities has revealed at least 3,677 cases of abuse by Catholic clergymen across Germany between 1946 and 2014, local media reported on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th September, 2018) A report commissioned by the German Bishops Conference and prepared by three universities has revealed at least 3,677 cases of abuse by Catholic clergymen across Germany between 1946 and 2014, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, obtained by German magazine Der Spiegel, 1,670 priests were said to have been involved in these sexual abuse cases and over half of the victims were mostly boys aged 13 or younger.

Every sixth case involved a rape, while in 75 percent of cases the victim and perpetrator knew each other through the church.

The German Bishops Conference has not commented on the report so far, though promised to prepare a response, the publication said.

In August, a massive cover-up of sexual abuse and rape of minors by Catholic priests was revealed, with a grand jury report showing that more than 1,000 children had been molested by at least 301 Roman Catholic priests in the US state of Pennsylvania since the 1940s.

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