Netherlands Finds 1,975 Cases of Catholic Sex Abuse

Report concludes that church hasn't done enough to help victims
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 2:34 PM CST
The Roman Catholic Cathedral from Voorbugwal is seen in the Dutch city of Amsterdam circa 1930.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Almost 2,000 Netherlanders have come forward as victims of sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, an independent commission's report revealed today. That makes the Netherlands the second-biggest victim of Catholic sexual abuse, behind only Ireland, according to Reuters. The report also concluded that the Church had not done enough to help abuse victims, and urged it to set up a system to compensate them.

“I am very respectful of the people who came forward because declaring yourself a victim is a big step,” said the former education minister who headed the commission. He said it was “too soon to say” if the report would lead to a shake-up in the church hierarchy. “But the bishops conference has asked us to look at managerial responsibilities."

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