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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse in the context of religious institutions

Experiences of the criminal justice system

A small number of participants abused in a religious context reported the abuse to the police at the time it was happening, with a greater proportion choosing to disclose to a person in authority inside the institution. However, when reporting the abuse after it ended, participants most commonly reported it to the police. Participants described mixed experiences when dealing with the police and criminal justice agencies as adults. Some individual officers were supportive and helpful, others lacked compassion and minimised the sexual abuse as it related to non-recent events.

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