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Gabilondo activates the commission to investigate Church abuses

Angel Gabilondo, the Ombudsman, presided over the Tuesday constitutive meeting of Advisory Commission.

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Gabilondo activates the commission to investigate Church abuses

Angel Gabilondo, the Ombudsman, presided over the Tuesday constitutive meeting of Advisory Commission. This was to prepare a report about sexual abuse in the sphere of Catholic Church and the role of powers, according the order of Congress of Deputies.

The Advisory Commission consists of 20 individuals, 17 of whom are from outside with experience in victim care and knowledge in law, human rights, victimology, or teaching. The Ombudsman is the chairperson. Patricia Barcena and Teresa Jimenez Becerril are the second and third deputy.

Angel Gabilondo announced it in Congress on June 20, 2012. The Advisory Commission's main objective is to determine facts and responsibilities, offer reparation procedures for victims, and promote preventive measures and action protocols that will stop this from happening again. "To occur."

Two additional areas of action were created together with the Advisory Commission: a Forum of Associations which will allow victims' representatives to share their experiences and position through various work sessions and a Victim Assistance Unit. The Unit is composed of experts in the field who will listen and assist victims who present their testimony. The Unit will be responsible for the considerations by the Advisory Commission.

Along these lines, the institution has made available on the website (www.defensordelpueblo.es) the section 'Attention to victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church', with information on the order received and where it also offers the different channels where , Starting tomorrow, July 6, the victims who wish to do so can transfer their testimonies.

Victims will be able to contact the experts of the Victim Assistance Unit by calling the freephone number 900 111 025, or in person, or by email (atencionvictimas@defensordelpueblo.es) or by post (Ombudsman. Calle Zurbano, 42. 28010).

The Ombudsman presented himself before the Joint Congress/Senate Commission on Relations With the Ombudsman on Monday, July 20 to present a status report on the progress of the work on the assignment from the Congress of Deputies. Gabilondo stated that the institution will work "rigorously and seriously", with determination, with responsibility, during his intervention. He also stressed that the task was a call to institutions and society from the experience and pain of victims and all those who are affected by it. The Ombudsman stated that the institution accepts the task "without any priori and with great opportunities to study in detail what has occurred."

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