The independent Commission for the reappraisal of child sexual abuse has prompted the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) to allow independent processing. The cases of abuse in individual institutions, and their officers were “on the structural causes in the Church,” said the Commission Chairman Sabine Andresen before the beginning of the twelfth EKD-Synod. This will take place starting Sunday in Würzburg, Germany.
31 move out of the Evangelical Church have reported information to the Commission to date and of abuse reported, of which seven churches in free. About half of those Affected have turned to the Church. Reasons for this fear, shame, uncertainty or lack of information about calls for them to be.
The Commission’s five recommendations for the EKD. In addition to attitude towards Victims of these relate to an independent work-up and compensation, as well as dealing with offenders. In addition, affected communities and should be supported. The Evangelical Church in Germany should cooperate with the state and support.
The work-up Commission had included the beginning of 2016 their work. To investigate the extent and consequences of child abuse in Germany, and is hosted by the Commissioner for Abuse of the Federal government.
EKD spokesman welcomed the opinion of the Commission. The new Beauftragtenrat of the EKD, will address the recommendations of the Commission and with the company’s own projects for the upcoming Synod to match. The EKD wants to continue to work with the Commission. In addition, the EKD Council chair Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm have invited the abuse Commissioner of the German Federal government by Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig for the December meeting of the EKD-Council.
with A resulting study of the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Germany had presented at the end of September, the German bishops ‘ conference. The authors of the Study noted, among other things, that in the Wake of the scandal eight years ago, the Church had not taken sufficient steps to prevent abuse in the future. They demanded fundamental structural changes.