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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.

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