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Austrian Church dealing with over 800 abuse cases

CWN - April 13, 2011

Austrian Church officials have received 837 reports of alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests since opening an investigation last year.

The commission created to probe complaints has settled 200 cases, and paid damages to 192 victims. Most of the complaints involve incidents that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s—the same time period that accounted for the greatest number of abuse cases in the US. In Austria, as in America, the vast majority of the victims were male.

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