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Vienna to probe mass rape claims

2011-10-17 20:00

Vienna - Officials say an investigation will be launched into claims by two women that they and other girls at a foster home run by the city of Vienna were raped in the 1970s.

The two women have told Austria's daily Kurier newspaper that more than 20 girls at the Schloss Wilhelminenberg home were sexually victimised by male staffers and other men.

The sisters, now 47 and 49, allege the abuse began when they were 6 and 8, and ended in their early teens. One was cited as saying they kept silent out of "shame and unbearable pain".

Municipal official Johannes Koehler said on Monday an independent panel will probe the allegations.

Marianne Gammer, the head of a victims' aid organisation, says psychologists have interviewed the sisters and found their claims plausible.