Japan Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard

2016-04-20 11:37


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Tokyo - The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago.

Three former students at St. Mary's International School in Tokyo tell The Associated Press they were sexually abused by brothers there.

One described "health checkups" in which a brother touched boys' testicles. Another says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers at age 11.

School officials set up an investigative panel 18 months ago, but it has yet to issue findings. The school says it reported the rape allegations to Tokyo police, who say no investigation is ongoing.

The statute of limitations for the allegations passed long ago.

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