Slovenian Catholic Church Has Processed Only 12 Sexual Abuse Reports Since 2009

By , 26 Sep 2018, 10:20 AM News
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STA, 25 September 2018 - In the face of a report on sexual abuse in the German Catholic Church, the Slovenian Bishops' Conference told the STA on Tuesday that its task force dealing with such abuses had received 15 reports since it was founded in 2009, three of which were dismissed as ungrounded. 

Four of the cases processed reportedly happened in the Ljubljana Archdiocese, two in the Maribor Archdiocese and just as many in the Koper and Novo Mesto dioceses. One case was reported in the Celje and another in the Murska Sobota dioceses.

In all of the cases, the alleged perpetrators were clergymen - priests and deacons. In five cases, the alleged victims were women and in seven cases men. In eight cases, the alleged victims were teenagers and in four children.

In cases in which an abuse had been determined, the victims were provided with legal and psychological aid and the perpetrator was removed from service, the Bishops' Conference said without revealing the number of these cases.

Evidence was secured and witnesses identified, while a cannon law procedure was launched against the perpetrator, it said.

According to the Bishops' Conference, the task force reports the suspicion of sexual abuse to state authorities when this is required by law or when the victim requests so. It said it encouraged victims to do so.

Asked whether the number of sexual abuses among priests differed from that in other professions in Slovenia, the Bishops' Conference said the number of sexual abuse cases involving priests was so low in Slovenia that it was impossible to conduct a credible analysis.

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