Salesians admit sex abuse for first time

31st January 2011, Comments 0 comments


For the first time, a Dutch religious order has admitted its guilt in the Catholic sex abuse scandal. In a letter to the victims, seen by Radio Netherlands and Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, the Salesians of Don Bosco express their “deep regret”.

They say they are working on a “generous” compensation package. The Dutch branch of the order also acknowledges its failure to prevent or respond to abuse.

It is now nearly a year since the Catholic abuse scandal in the Netherland first came to light, with the exposure of years of sexual abuse at the Don Rua boarding school in the eastern town of 's-Heerenberg.

The order says it is willing to confront its members who have been named by victims. However, it declines to impose no further sanctions pending legal action.

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