05.04.2019

Child sex abuse inquiry in Germany says victims need more support

A special government inquiry on child sex abuse in Germany has demanded more dialogue on the subject after presenting its findings in Berlin. Over the course of the three-year inquiry, around 900 people testified in confidential hearings and another 300 submitted written reports for evaluation. More than 80 percent of victims who spoke to the inquiry were women.

According to the inquiry, many adults who were once victims of sexual abuse as children were left alone with their problems. They said there is a lack of recognition and support in dealing with them. The inquiry demanded more permanently funded counseling centers and a greater range of therapy options financed by public health insurance. They also said that benefits under Germany's Victim Compensation Act should be more accessible.

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