German Child Abuse Inquiry says victims should be allowed to speak

Germany’s Independent Inquiry into Sexual Child Abuse (“the inquiry”) issued a 350 page interim report on 3 April 2019, after three years of investigations.

The inquiry was established by the German Government in 2016 and the recently published interim report calls for a wider conversation in Germany on the issue.

The inquiry investigates all forms of child sexual abuse in Germany, such as sexual abuse;

  • in institutions,
  • by family members,
  • by social environment,
  • by unknown offenders,
  • in the context of organised crime.

To date, 900 people testified in confidential hearings and another 300 submitted written reports for evaluation.

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