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by Jamjar » Wed May 20, 2009 7:39 pm
The Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children while working in Ireland's church and state-run institutions, a damning report has revealed.
Judge Sean Ryan delivers the long awaited Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad …
The Child Abuse Commission detailed a catalogue of disturbing and chronic sexual, physical and emotional abuse inflicted on thousands of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by both religious and lay staff over the last 70 years.
The dangers to the children were not taken into account, the inquiry found.
Judge Sean Ryan, who chaired the commission, concluded that when confronted with evidence of sex abuse, religious authorities responded by transferring the sex offenders to another location, where in many instances they were free to abuse again.
"There was evidence that such men took up teaching positions sometimes within days of receiving dispensations because of serious allegations or admissions of sexual abuse," the report said.
"The safety of children in general was not a consideration."
Angry exchanges took place between commission staff and victims of abuse, who were barred from the report's launch in a central Dublin hotel.
No abusers will be prosecuted as a result of the inquiry.
Institutions run by religious orders, including industrial and reform schools, institutions for the disabled, orphanages and ordinary day schools have been examined by the Commission over the past nine years.
While the names of alleged individual perpetrators have not been published - except for those already convicted by the court - the inquiry produced specific findings against 216 facilities. The Sisters of Mercy and Christian Brothers, which ran the largest number of children's institutions, were among the long list of orders investigated.
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