Survivor tells of “tsunami” of victims forward of report on French Catholic Church

  • Findings of impartial fee due 0700 GMT Tuesday
  • Survivor and contributor says estimated 216,000 victims
  • Church declines remark earlier than publication

PARIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – A report on intercourse abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen in France is ready to say there was an estimated 216,000 victims since 1950, a survivor who contributed to the file mentioned forward of its publication on Tuesday.

An impartial fee spent greater than 2-1/2 years investigating sexual abuse within the Catholic Church within the nation over the previous seven many years. It is ready to current its findings at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT).

In the run-up to the discharge of its findings, Commission head Jean-Marc Sauve mentioned about 3,000 paedophile clergymen and clerics abused minors over the interval, and known as that quantity a conservative estimate. learn extra

Olivier Savignac, who was sexually abused by a priest in 1993, on the age of 13, has contributed to the report as a victims’ consultant and has seen giant elements of the doc. He mentioned victims should be correctly compensated.

“We can see how systemic it was … with an estimated number of 216,000 victims,” Savignac advised Reuters, quoting the report and including that the Church couldn’t have ignored one thing of that magnitude.

“It’s an earthquake, a hurricane, a tsunami … when you see these numbers, it’s so damning that no one can stay in denial, whether the Catholic Church or society as a whole,” mentioned Savignac, who has arrange a victims’ affiliation, Parler et Revivre (Speak and Live once more).

Reuters has not been given entry to the report forward of its publication and couldn’t independently confirm its content material. A spokesperson for the Church mentioned they might not remark earlier than it’s revealed. The impartial fee couldn’t be reached for remark.

A Vatican spokesperson mentioned on the weekend that it will watch for the total report back to be revealed earlier than deciding on whether or not to remark.


The fee was established by Catholic bishops in France on the finish of 2018 to make clear abuses and restore public confidence within the Church at a time of dwindling congregations. It has labored independently from the Church.

The man who abused Savignac when he was a young person was discovered responsible by a French courtroom two years in the past however that’s an exception, he mentioned, stressing how onerous it’s for younger Catholics to talk up and accuse representatives of the Church.

“What we expect from the Church is an answer to the level of what people have suffered,” Savignac mentioned, “and that can’t be throwing a few thousand euros at it and say it’s behind us. No, there is a need for proper compensation to the level of what each person suffered.”

The French Church mentioned in March it will suggest some monetary assist to victims.

The scandal within the French Church is the newest to hit the Roman Catholic Church, which has been rocked by sexual abuse scandals all over the world, usually involving youngsters, over the previous 20 years.

In June, Pope Francis mentioned the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse disaster was a worldwide “catastrophe”.

The French Catholic Church posted a prayer on its official Twitter account on Sunday, on behalf of victims.

“Dear Lord – we entrust to you all those who have been victims of violence and sexual attacks in the Church. We pray that we will always be able to count on your support and help during these ordeals,” it wrote on its Twitter account.

Since his election in 2013, Francis has taken a sequence of steps geared toward wiping out sexual abuse of minors by clerics.

This yr, he issued essentially the most intensive revision to Catholic Church legislation in 4 many years, insisting that bishops take motion in opposition to clerics who abuse minors and susceptible adults. Critics have mentioned he has not finished sufficient.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun
Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Alison Williams

Olivier Savignac, president of the association

Olivier Savignac, president of the association

Olivier Savignac, president of the association