translated from Spanish: Catholic Church Still In Target: Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Sexual Abuse Reveals 50 New Complaints Since August

Abuses by members of the Catholic Church in Chile continue to speak out. This Friday, Chile’s Network of Survivors of Ecclesiastical Sexual Abuse updated its “abuse reporting map,” accounting for 50 new reports since August 2019.
According to Radio Bío Bío, the list – which is updated periodically – contains more than 310 entries with a similar number of complaints. Generally speaking, 2 cardinals appear in the list; 7 bishops; 44 authorities (chancellor, school principal, home principal, seminary director, vicars, superiors, responsible, among others); 3 chaplains; 166 priests; 15 deacons; 58 brothers, sisters, consecrated and consecrated; and 15 lay people, teachers and catechists.
As for the religious orders mentioned above, the Salesians, Marist Brothers and the Society of Jesus are by far the most reported with 27, 26 and 24 cases respectively. Other orders also include the Franciscans (9), the Legionaries of Christ (3), the Sacred Hearts (4) and the Schoenstatt (6).
The reporting map also reports transfers in and out of the country without apparent cause of any casualties involved after the first complaints.
This data has been collected through the victims’ own testimonies, as well as press releases with allegations about this type of crime perpetrated in the country, information provided by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Catholic Church and the organization BishopAccountability.
In addition, the Network detailed that only 4 to 6 percent of these crimes are reported, and that 4 out of 12 will be able to talk to someone they trust. The remaining 8 will never tell anyone.

Original source in Spanish

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