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Crowe challenges Minister for Education over abuse claims

8 November, 2005

Deputy Crowe said, "The One in Four group are in possession of evidence which indicates that certain schools allowed unhindered access to abusing clerics.  The result of this was to allow children to be taken from the school for the purposes of abuse.  This is an appalling situation.

"It beggars belief that children could be plucked from an environment where they were entitled to feel safe, where the state had a duty of care to them and suffer such abuse.  It is noteworthy that the evidence points to a concentration of this activity in deprived inner city areas.  It is surely no coincidence that the abusers chose these areas, as sadly these people had no voice.  No one in authority seemed to care." ENDS

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