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Abuse cases
More than 660 sexual abuse cases reported to German Catholic church hotline in first 6 months
By: The Associated Press

24/11/2010 12:19 PM | Comments: 0
Print E–mail 0Share0ShareNewReport Error BERLIN - Germany's Roman Catholic Church says self-described victims have reported 664 cases of sexual abuse to its hotline, 432 of which were allegedly committed by priests or monks

Germany's Bishops Conference said in a statement Wednesday its psychologists and other experts have also had in-depth conversations with some 3,400 people in the first six months of the hotline's existence

It said 664 people confirmed the abuse allegations in a follow-up survey, and more than 80 per cent said they had been repeatedly abused. It said almost one in ten was seeking legal advice, and 6 per cent asked about financial compensation.

The hotline began operating March 30 when a widening abuse scandal — with most reported cases dating back decades — rocked the Catholic church in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI's homeland.

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