Irish police mishandled sex-abuse claims, report shows
Catholic World News - February 02, 2012
A report on the handling of sex-abuse complaints in Ireland has found serious flaws in the response of the police.
The Garda, the Irish police force, routinely failed to report sex-abuse complaints as crimes, the report found. The report estimates that even in recent years, the Garda’s statistics failed to account for roughly two-thirds of all sexual abuse of children.
The report on the Garda’s conduct was commissioned in 2009, as a follow-up to the “Murphy Commission” report on the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the Dublin archdiocese. The Murphy Commission’s report precipitated a storm of outrage against the Catholic Church. It will be interesting to see whether the criticism of police response will have a similar effect.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our July expenses ($21,532 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!