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A survey of policies and practices in respect to responses by religious institutions to complaints of child sexual abuse and complaints by adults of historical child sexual abuse, 1960-2006

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On December 13, 1991 the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. [...] I conducted the research on the United Church of Canada (UCC) as I participated in the development of their sexual abuse policy from 1996-2004, and have published a book in the more general area of sexuality and the UCC (examining the years 1925- 1980). [...] With the exception of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, all of the existing policies examined were/are directed at all complaints of sexual abuse; in other words, child sexual abuse complaints are one type of sexual abuse covered by the policies. [...] Church Structure and Description of the Context The leader of the Catholic Church is the Pope who considered the successor to Saint Peter. [...] The laws of the Catholic Church were first codified in 1917 and formed the Code of Canon Law.

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education crime catholic church christianity church confession canon law law witnesses victim congregations child sexual abuse abuse religion and belief religious belief protestant adult child sexual abuse victims methodist anglican sacrament of penance catholic church sexual abuse cases diocese seal of the confessional in the catholic church archbishop crimen solicitationis mount cashel the roman catholic church mount cashel orphanage crimen sollicitationis child sexual abuse by clergy

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