Dutch women asked to report abuse

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Women who were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy when they were children can submit their reports to the Deetman Commission from Tuesday.

Their reports will form part of a new inquiry by the commission, which so far has limited its inquiry to the abuse of young boys in Catholic boarding schools and seminaries.

The women have until 1 July to submit their reports.

“The independent inquiry will focus on the sexual abuse of, and psychological violence against, under-aged women in the Roman Catholic Church between 1945 and the present day,” a spokesperson said.

The commission, led by former government minister Wim Deetman, is carrying out its inquiry at the behest of parliament.


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