the Saved Commission in a few dates

The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (Ciase) has worked for three years to establish an inventory of assaults committed by the clergy since the 1950s. While the Covid epidemic may have slowed down the collection of testimonies, the commission carried out its mission by exploring the archives of dioceses and congregations.

November 7, 2018. During their plenary assembly in Lourdes, the bishops of France decide to create an independent commission intended to shed light on the past, to draw the consequences and restore confidence.

November 20, 2018.Jean-Marc Sauvé receives a mission letter from the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) and the Conference of Religious and Religious of France (Corref) to form the Independent Commission on sexual abuse in the Church committed since 1950 (Ciase ). The mission revolves around establishing the facts, understanding what happened and preventing the recurrence of such tragedies.

February 8, 2019. First meeting, in Paris, of the Ciase which is being set up, with 22 members and a support team.

April 2019. Beginning of the hearings in plenary session: the Ciase will hear about fifty experts, great witnesses and Church leaders.

June 3, 2019. Launch of a call for testimonials. This campaign was to end on June 2, 2020 but, due to Covid-19, the deadline has been postponed to October 31, 2020. Initially, it is the France Victims federation that receives the calls. In total, 6,500 victims will have come forward. In parallel, the auditions of the first of them begin, each lasting about two hours. 250 victims were heard during these interviews.

June 28, 2019. The Conference of Religious of France (Corref) adopts the principle of a 34% participation in the financing of the Sauvé commission, the rest being provided by the bishops.

November 7, 2019. Jean-Marc Sauvé presents the bishops meeting in Lourdes with a first progress report.

November 9, 2019. During their plenary assembly, the bishops of France vote for the allocation of a “lump sum” to victims of pedophilia in the Church.

November 29, 2019. The commission starts in Lille a “tour of France” of the big cities to inform and receive testimonies.

17th June 2020. Jean-Marc Sauvé takes stock of the progress during a press conference. It gives a provisional estimate: at least “1,500 authors” and not less than “3,000 victims”.

November 11, 2020. The president of Ciase presents a new statistical assessment of the data collected. The commission received a total of 6,500 calls from alleged victims or witnesses. In only 14% of cases, a legal complaint was lodged.

23 January 2021. President Emmanuel Macron announces a national consultation on child victims of incest and sexual violence.

From February 22 to 24, 2021. The bishops of France are holding an exceptional plenary assembly to continue their reflection on sexual abuse committed in the Church, focusing more specifically on the question of responsibility.

March 2, 2021. Last press point before submission of the report. According to one “Low range”, communicated by Jean-Marc Sauvé, there would be “At least 10,000 victims”.

1er August 2021. The Secretary of State for Children and Families, Adrien Taquet, announces the creation of an independent commission on sexual violence against children.

October 5, 2021. La Ciase will issue its report and formulate its recommendations.


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