Cases of Sex Abuse Poorly Reported until 1980s, Expert Tells Cornwall Inquiry

Macleans [Canada]
February 15, 2006

CORNWALL, Ont. (CP) - An expert testifying at the Cornwall inquiry says cases of child sexual abuse were poorly reported before the 1980s.

Dr. Nico Trocme, a child and family research director at McGill University, says there was a significant increase in abuse reporting during the mid-1980s.

Trocme is testifying on Day 3 of the inquiry into how officials responded to allegations of widespread sexual abuse in the Cornwall, Ont., area.

Stories have been spreading since the late 1950s about a purported underground group of pedophiles operating in the eastern Ontario border city.

After an investigation known as Project Truth, police laid 114 charges against 15 prominent citizens.

Only three cases made it to court, with one man pleading guilty and police said they found no evidence of a pedophile ring.


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