More than 500 children in German Catholic choir abused between 1945 and early 1990s - report

More than 500 children in German Catholic choir 'abused between 1945 and early 1990s'

The Regensburger Domspatzen Choir still exists today

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More than 500 children who were part of a German Catholic choir were abused between 1945 and the early 1990s, a report has claimed.

Lawyer Ulrich Weber, who conducted the investigation, found at least 547 children in the Regensburger Domspatzen choir were physically abused.

Some of the abuse was sexual and some cases included rape, Le Figaro reported. Children were also deprived of food.

In February 2015, the Catholic authorities had only recognised 72 victims. Then last year, in January, an interim report claimed there were 231 victims.

The report claims there were at least 49 alleged perpetrators, however it is likely that cases against them won't be pursued.

Victims are expected to receive compensation worth up to €20,000 (£17,754).

Those who were abused gave accounts of what happened for the report. They likened being in the choir to being in prison or a concentration camp, while some said it was like being in hell..

Victims also said their time in the choir was the worst time in their lives and they spent it in fear and distress.