Multi-million claim for child abuse by Franciscans
An order of Franciscan monks in the Dutch town of Kerkrade has been told it can expect a huge compensation claim for sexual abuse of children in their care.
Lawyer Bob van der Groen said on Dutch public TV that acting on evidence provided by 39 former pupils of the Franciscan-run boarding school he will write to the monks on Tuesday. The compensation claim could amount to "millions of euros", according to local media.
The victims said that least fourteen members of the Franciscan order regularly commited acts of sexual abuse with pupils. The offences took place at the St Mary of the Angels boarding school in Bleijerheide, Kerkrade, in past decades.
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