With emigrants on vacation in Portugal, the Independent Commission calls on entities to disclose their contacts
The Independent Commission for the Study of Sexual Abuse of Children in the Portuguese Catholic Church this Wednesday asked entities to disclose the commission’s contacts at a time when many emigrants are in the country, raising awareness of a complaint.
now, the Independent Commission (CI) for the Study of Sexual Abuse of Children in the Portuguese Catholic Church collected several testimonies from Portuguese and migrants in different parts of the world, but above all Europe, advanced in communiqués.
The appeal made by the CI coordinator, Pedro Strecht, pays attention to this time when “a very significant number of Portuguese members” residing in the strange case had been a victim of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church in childhood or knowing from the youth where they can give the their testimony and denounce the situation.
In this sense, ask all the media, regional and local to make “a new and publicity” of the Independent Commission ample this week and end of the month.
“Within the strict scope of its work of ‘voice to secrecy’, the Commission must continue to appeal to all adults who may have been to children of such 18 years as an age so that they can give their anonymous testimony of the contacts 917 110 000 or by filling out the survey [email protected]”, explains Pedro Strecht.
The Independent Commission also extends this appeal to all Federations and Leagues concerning sports areas, especially those with greater impact on the general population, such as Football, so that it can do the same in their tournaments or championships.
It also reiterates the request regarding “all members of the Church who see fit to refer to this appeal at a place and time in the sense of each one as appropriate (for example, in a homily or in static advertising at the door of their parishes) since the the vast majority of the testimonies received so far continue to be by Catholics”.
In the last assessment made on July 10, the team indicated that 352 inquiries had already been validated, with 17 cases having been forwarded to the Public Ministry.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed the opening of 10 inquiries, of which one concentrates six of the participations and two other inquiries each concentrate two participations. Between these two inquiries, one was shelved and the other remains under investigation.