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Chile. An investigation of a network of Catholic schools. Allegedly 28 people were victims of sexual assault

Chile.  An investigation of a network of Catholic schools.  Allegedly 28 people were victims of sexual assault

The Chilean attorney general has closed an investigation into sexual assault at Catholic schools run by the Muslim Brotherhood. Investigators suspect that 28 people fell victim to the monks. Among them are both adults and children.

On Saturday, the Chilean website “24 Horace” wrote about the results of the investigation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Santiago de Chile. The article cited information released by investigators on Friday that they had collected evidence from about 150 testimonies from people linked to the network of schools run by Marist Brothers in Chile.

Testimonies of victims, perpetrators and witnesses can be found there.

The investigation into this matter was completed at the end of May. The Public Prosecutor’s Office suspects 17 monks of committing sexual crimes against the charges of these schools and people associated with them.

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Construction of a private school run by Maristas, SantiagoFernando Lavoz / Agence France-Presse / Eastern News

Victims from 7 to 25 years old

According to investigators, some of the 28 victims of sexual crimes committed by clergy working in Chile from the Marist Brotherhood are adults. It was supposed to take place in the years 1970-2004. “Among the victims are people from 7 to 25 years old” – the portal “24 Horace” reported after the Prosecutor of Santiago de Chile.

An investigation into alleged sexual assaults on pupils from schools run by Marist Brothers began in 2017 after an internal investigation launched by the compound’s authorities in Chile.

After confirming dozens of cases of sexual abuse of boys in schools managed by this order, its authorities submitted documents in this case to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Santiago de Chile. The Public Prosecution Office acknowledged that the investigation was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things.

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Maryści is a Catholic religious denomination founded in 1816. Its purpose is to educate children and young people, and to carry out missions.

Main image source: Fernando Lavoz / Agence France-Presse / Eastern News

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