Child abuse: 7% of Australian Catholic priests alleged to be involved

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Source: BBC

An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010.

In one religious order, over 40% of church figures were accused of abuse.

Over 4,440 people claim to have been victims between 1980 and 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told.

The commission, Australia’s highest form of inquiry, is also investigating abuse at non-religious organisations.

It has previously heard harrowing testimony from scores of people who suffered abuse at the hands of clergy.

A survivor of child abuse, and his wife, hold hands while wearing T-shirts that read: Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThe average age of victims was 10.5 for girls and 11.5 for boys

One victim said he was sexually abused by his Catholic Christian Brother teacher in his classroom, with other students ordered to look away.

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