Thursday, June 24, 2010

Child abuse in institutions: PACE’s Social Committee to hold a hearing

Social, Health and Family Affairs

Child abuse in institutions: PACE’s Social Committee to hold a hearing

Strasbourg, 21.06.2010 - Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s (PACE) Committee on Social Affairs is to hold tomorrow, 22 June, in Strasbourg, a Hearing on "Child abuse in institutions: ensuring full protection of the victims", in the framework of the preparation of a report on the subject by Marlene Rupprecht (Germany, SOC). The hearing, which is open to the press, will take place from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Palais de l’Europe (Room 1).

Participants include Massimo Introvigne, Sociologist (Vatican City) ; Marian Shanley, Member of the Commision to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ireland); Christine Bergmann, Special Representative on Cases of Child Abuse (Germany) and Helgard Van Hüllen, Member of the Executive Board of Victim Support Europe (Germany).

According to the motion for a resolution, considering accounts of physical and sexual child abuse occurring within residential facilities, boarding schools, churches and other institutional settings, it is regrettable regret that “the needs of the victims of this abuse have often been disregarded” both in the past and in the present. European Governments should ensure that “any case of child abuse is subject to their criminal law system, and that perpetrators are prosecuted and all victims (and also whistleblowers) receive the same protection regardless of the institutional setting in which the crime was committed”.

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