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HOLLAND: Catholic Abuse Scandal Widens

Holland's massive child molestation scandal continues to widen as investigators identify hundreds of perpetrators within the Catholic Church.
Tens of thousands of children have suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945, a report says. The report by an independent commission said Catholic officials had failed to tackle the widespread abuse at schools, seminaries and orphanages. But the report also found that one in five children who attended an institution suffered abuse - regardless of whether it was Catholic. Allegations at a Catholic school in the east Netherlands triggered the inquiry. The commission, which began work in August 2010, sought to uncover what had gone on and how it had happened, and examined what kind of justice should be offered to victims. It studied 1,800 complaints of abuse at Catholic institutions, identifying 800 alleged perpetrators, just over 100 of whom are still alive.

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