The landmark report to be published Tuesday suggests an estimated 216,000 minors were abused between 1950 y el 2020; that number rises to an estimated 330,000 when including victims of abusers who were not clergy but had other links to the Church, such as Catholic schools and youth programs, according to Jean-Marc Sauvé, the president of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE) which authored the report.
Entre 2,900 y 3,200 pedophile clergymen are estimated to have worked in the French Catholic Church since the 1950s, Sauvé said in advance of the report’s release.
Those numbers were extrapolated from a survey for the commission by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. The institute worked with the polling agency IFOP to survey a representative national sample of more than 28,000 people over the age of 18 online between November 25, 2020 y enero 28, 2021.
The report estimated the number of survivors nationwide over time based on the number of survey respondents who said they had been abused. The national survey came in addition to a public call for victim testimonies, Sauvé told CNN ahead of the report’s release.
Presenting the findings of the investigation on Tuesday, Sauve said children were more likely to be abused within Catholic Church settings than in state-run schools or in summer camps — or in any setting other than the family.
The problem was systemic, and the sexual violence was not limited to “a few black sheep that strayed from the flock,” Sauvé told CNN ahead of the report’s publication. “When it was informed of abuses, [the Church] did not take the strict measures necessary to protect children from predators.”
A principios de este año, he told CNN he feared it was “very possible that the victims will reach at least the number of 10,000.”
But the final number of abused minors is believed to be more than 30 times higher than that early estimate, según el informe.
CNN has reached out to the French Catholic Church for comment.