Number of clerical abuse victims could be 10 times higher than report shows

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Jul 22, 2009

The true number of victims of clerical sex abuse within the Dublin archdiocese is likely to number in the thousands — not the 450 cited in a new report drawn up by the Irish Government-appointed Commission of Investigation, it was claimed last night.

“We believe there’s a large number of people who were abused in the Dublin diocese who haven’t come forward,” the executive director of victims’ group One in Four Maeve Lewis said. (Click on Belfast Telegraph link, above, for full story)

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How do they know only 10% have come forward?
When it comes to these things, I suppose there is no absolute knowledge, but the article does reference their sources.

They have had 700 new reported cases coming forward since the publication of the Ryan Report, which is already almost 150% more than the original 450.

I have heard this figure bandied about before, that only 10% of children who have been molested come forward or report it. I'm not sure how they came up with this figure; probably through huge anonymous surveys. I think it is understandable, as I imagine most people would prefer not to dredge up old, bad memories; having learned to "cope" with it out of fear or shame, as a child, they most likely don't want to revisit that trauma.

The point is that they are already not able to manage those who have come forward; they are angling for more funding.
I'm sure there are some that haven't come forward, but it reminds me of the joke that 94.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

In the end it doesn't matter though...even if the Catholic church had covered up for only one priest, it would mean they are a criminal organization.
...and this is just the Dublin diocese they're talking about? These are huge numbers for a country with a population of less than 4.5 million people!

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