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An inquiry exposed sexual abuse within French Catholic Church — now what?

It is estimated that 216,000 children have been abused clerics in the French Catholic Church since the 1950s.

The inquiry that unearthed the scale of the abuse could also lead the way to reforms within the church.

  • Lisa Louis
  • Deutsche Welle

“The father took me to his tent and closed it,” said the victim.

“He kissed me on the lips, with his tongue.

It was disgusting.

He caressed me.

I was petrified,” the victim continued.

“He taught me words I didn’t know — like masturbation and fellatio.

I thought I need to respect him, he’s a priest.

Plus, my parents really appreciate him.”

This was just one experience of many shared in a…

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