Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New abuse cases reported to Catholic Church in Denmark

New abuse cases reported to Catholic Church
Copenhagen Post
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:38 KR News .Working group will publish report following abuse investigation but expects more cases to emerge

Four new cases of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the Catholic Church in Denmark have been reported to a working group investigating the abuse.

The Catholic Church in Denmark bowed to public pressure to investigate previous cases and initially said that four historical cases dating back to the 1800s were under review.

Since the investigative group was set up in recent weeks an additional four cases have been reported to them, dating from the 1960s and 70s.

Priest Niels Engelbrecht said the cases involved indecent exposure and some involved molestation.

Engelbrecht has been in touch with the four victims and said their experiences had had an extremely negative effect on their later lives.

‘As they said, the attacks they were subjected to have, for example, destroyed their ability to have a sex life,’ the priest said.

One of the priests involved is no longer in Denmark and the group is trying to determine if he is still working with the Catholic Church abroad.

Engelbrecht expects more cases will be reported to the investigative group in the future.

‘I don’t want there to be more cases, but if there are, then it’s better that they come forward,’ he said.

The group has not ruled out forwarding the information to the police and said a report of the investigations will be made public when finalised.

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