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Catholic Church in Fiji to respond to allegations of sexual abuse against children

Catholic Church in Fiji to respond to allegations of sexual abuse against children

By Semi Turaga
Monday 13/07/2020
Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

The Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says the church will be issuing a formal statement today in response to allegations of historic sexual abuse against children in Fiji’s Catholic Church.

A man who spoke to TVNZ News alleges that the abuse began when he was seven and that he was among other young children who kept the abuse quiet by the priests and brothers working and living near the Marist Brothers Primary School he attended in Fiji.

He claims the brothers along with priests who lived near or worked at the school lured the children into their homes with treats.

The man claims he was sexually abused for 8 years.

He says he began opening up to friends about his own experience and through those conversations others began to tell him stories of similar abuse.

According to the report by TVNZ, Archbishop Chong said there has been no reported abuse of clergy abusing children in Fiji.

Archbishop Chong says they have a sexual abuse guideline that defines the process when somebody reports or presents an allegation.

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