More details revealed of extent of abuse reports against Catholic Church

More details have been revealed as part of ongoing research into the extent of reports of abuse in the Catholic Church – but survivors say it is not an accurate reflection of the abuse that happened.

The continuing research is being undertaken by Te Rōpū Tautoko, the group that coordinates Catholic Church engagement with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.

On Wednesday, Te Rōpū Tautoko published an information sheet that expands on research published in February. The earlier research found 1680 reports of abuse were made nationally between 1950 and 2021 by 1122 individuals against Catholic clergy, brothers, nuns, sisters, and lay people, with 592 alleged abusers named.

The latest information details the Catholic entities with the highest reports of abuse namely the St John of God brothers (269 complaints), Marist Brothers (157), Sisters of Nazareth (155), Archdiocese of Wellington (145), and Diocese of Auckland (124).

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