French Catholic Priests Sexually Abused at Least 3,000 People

(TELESUR) – Preliminary investigation showed that 30 percent of the sex victims are over 70 years old today.

France’s Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (CIASE) estimates that there have been at least 3,000 victims since 1950.

Over the past months, 5,300 complaints were received by this special task force, which was created at the request of the episcopate in 2018 and includes jurists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and other specialists.

“Many victims have not heard from us or have not wanted to respond to our request because there is still a lot of suffering or because they believe that it will not do any good,” the CIASE president Jean-Marc Sauve said, adding that testimonies’ reception will last until Oct. 31.

He also specified that 30 percent of the French sex victims are over 70 years old today and 50 percent are between 50 and 70 years old.

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