Over 100 New Alleged Victims of Abuse in Swiss Church

Six months after the publication of a study by the University of Zurich on abuse in the Catholic Church in Switzerland, more than 160 further alleged victims have come forward to the dioceses and victim support centres.

The diocese of canton Basel published its latest figures on Tuesday. Since September 2023, the diocese has received 92 reports of abuse from church clergy. In other dioceses, the publication of the pilot study did not lead to a similar large number of reports, the Keystone-SDA news agency was told.

In total, four dioceses reported just under 70 victims. This does not include the diocese of Lugano in canton Ticino, which will publish its figures on Wednesday.

The Swiss Bishops’ Conference (SBC) itself did not register any reports, as it is not a reporting centre. However, it has announced a national centre for each Swiss national language. This project that is already underway.

The Protestant Reformed Church in Switzerland does not keep statistics on cases of abuse. However, it too is currently working on a preliminary study.

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