Catholic church abuse claims rise to over 900

Over 900 people who claim to be victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic church have registered with the government commission investigating the scandal, commission chairman Wim Deetman says in an interview with Wednesday’s Volkskrant.

‘There are victims who just want to tell their story and have it investigated. And there are a lot of people who want help,’ Deetman told the paper. A number of abusers have also come forward, he said.
The scandal broke at the end of February when newspapers reported claims of abuse at a boarding school in ‘s-Heerenberg in the 1960s and 1970s.