Child abuse in institutions: PACE’s Social Committee holds a hearing

PACE’s Committee on Social Affairs today held a hearing on "Child abuse in institutions: ensuring full protection of the victims", in the framework of the preparation of a report on the subject by Marlene Rupprecht (Germany, SOC). Participants included Massimo Introvigne, sociologist (Vatican City); Marian Shanley, Member of the Commision to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ireland); Christine Bergmann, Special Representative on Cases of Child Abuse (Germany); Helgard Van Hüllen, Member of the Executive Board of Victim Support Europe and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe's Deputy Secretary General.