The challenges associated with the investigation of non-recent claims of sexual abuse

In Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, an investigation by Impartial Reporter journalist Rodney Edwards has resulted in over 60 people disclosing that they were abused.  They have alleged abuse against a number of people, with 12 women alleging abuse against a former primary school principal.  The story has taken a greater prominence with the intervention of Lord Morrow, a DUP peer.  Lord Morrow had met with one of the complainants in 2016 and went to the police with her as a support.

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Pope Francis issues new rules on mandatory abuse reporting

On the 9 May 2019 Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter ”Vos estis lux mundi” which sets global standards for the reporting and investigation of clerical sexual abuse.

These new rules follow on from the Meeting for the Protection of Minors held in Rome in February 2019, which was attended by Bishops from around the world.

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