Vatican Strengthens Laws Punishing Sexual Abuse of Minors

by Admin on April 4, 2019

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The Vatican announced new laws that would stiffen the penalties associated with the sexual abuse of minors in The Vatican City State and its embassies around the world.

Perhaps most importantly, the new laws change the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases from four years from when the crime allegedly occurred to up to 20 years after the victim’s 18th birthday.

Also, any employees found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor will be automatically dismissed.

The changes to existing sexual abuse laws come after a Vatican summit last month that’s sole focus was quelling the rampant sexual abuse among the Church’s clergy.

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The Vatican and the Catholic Church will also institute a new screening program for new employees that is meant to ensure that they are fit to work with children.

“The Holy Father hopes that thanks to these norms which pertain to Vatican City State and the Roman Curia, everyone might develop in their awareness that the church must always be ever increasingly a safe home for children and vulnerable persons,” said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.

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