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1,000 potential abusers on church abuse commission list
Friday 18 February 2011
A list of 1,000 potential abusers has been drawn up by the government committee investigating the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic church.
The list has been compiled on the basis of over 2,000 complaints from people who say they were abused by church officials since the 1950s.
1,000 names on Deetman's abuse list
Former cabinet minister Wim Deetman, who chairs the independent commission investigating abuse in Roman Catholic institutions, is appealing to victims and perpetrators of abuse to contact the commission. The commission will continue to collect reports until 4 April.
Mr Deetman has asked the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops and the Conference of Dutch Clerics to help publicise the appeal.
He added that the commission currently has a list of around 1,000 victims and perpetrators, although it still has to be checked for duplications. Since March of last year, the commission has received more than 2,000 reports of sexual and physical abuse.