|Paedophilia Cases Which Shocked the World
September 4, 2010
Here are some of the most shocking cases of paedophilia over the past few years.
n Ireland has been shaken in recent years by allegations of sexual and physical abuse committed in institutions for children which went on for decades. The schools, orphanages, approved schools and hospitals involved were financed by the state, but mostly managed by Roman Catholic religious orders.
n In Britain, on the island of Jersey, a probe was launched in early 2006, after complaints of violence and sexual abuse over four decades on children in an orphanage.
Around one hundred alleged victims said they had been abused between the 1950s and the late 1980s.
n The Roman Catholic Church has over the past decade been tainted by numerous revelations of paedophilia scandals within its ranks.
In the US a study made public in 2004 by the church said 4,400 priests had been accused of having abused 11,000 children over the last 50 years.
Millions of dollars of compensation have been claimed during several court cases.
One of the most shocking cases concerned the Archdiocese of Boston which in September 2003 agreed to pay $85mn in damages to victims of paedophile priests to bring to an end 542 court cases.
In 2010 the Catholic church has again been rocked by an avalanche of allegations of sexual abuse, across north and south America and Europe.
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned the acts, apologised and accepted the resignation of several bishops.
n In Belgium, the case of the child killer Marc Dutroux, which came to light in mid-1996, made waves well beyond Belgium.
In June 2004, after eight years of investigation and a three-and-a-half-year trial,
Dutroux was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the abduction and rape of six young girls and adolescents, of whom four died, and for the murder of an accomplice.
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