22 Sep 2008

German Protestants pledge to expose child abuse in church-run homes

Ecumenical News International

September 22, 2008

Trier (ENI). Protestant leaders in Germany have said they will investigate and expose past cases of mistreatment in church-run children's homes, after an investigation found that children had been physically and sexually abused in such institutions. "We have established to our horror that even in church-run homes children were brought up with violence," Bishop Margot K√§ssmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover said. Her comments follow the preliminary findings of an investigation she commissioned into claims of violence and abuse at children's homes run by the social welfare agency of the Hanover church in the 1950s and 1960s.

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