Ireland commission documents history of widespread child abuse in Roman Catholic schools and orphanages

May 20, 2009
2,600-page report looked at 60 years of history

From The New York Times: A commission investigating child abuse in Ireland’s Roman Catholic-run state orphanages, reformatories and schools released a scathing report that documents widespread physical, sexual and emotional abuse of thousands of children over 60 years. Government inspectors failed to stop chronic beatings, rapes and humiliation in the state sponsored institutions. In some schools, the report found, "a high level of ritualized beating was routine." The commission, which began its work in 2000, investigated the fate of more than 30,000 children consigned to a network of church-run institutions between the 1920s and the 1980s.

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