Polish victims of clerical abuse live in a climate of fear and are afraid to speak out against their maltreatment, a new book has claimed.
book, Be Afraid: Victims of Paedophilia by the Catholic Church,
examines 27 cases of alleged abuse and accuses Catholic bishops of
ignoring abuse allegations.
Warsaw-based Dutch journalist Ekke
Overbeek said Polish abuse victims were afraid of going public because
of the continued prominent place the Catholic church occupies in Polish
life. Slowly the issue is being addressed in the Polish media.
said it took a “lot of patience” to convince his interviewees to speak
out. “You have to have a lot of courage to talk about it, especially in
small towns. I saw for myself how two victims were treated. It was not
Polish bishops hit back at Overbeek’s book, saying it was “like Swiss cheese: full of holes”.