​† Reported Child Abuses in the Catholic Church ​†

* Some figures are estimated. See references for details.

Total Victims per Continent

Victims per Country

Country Victims Victims per 100,000 Population Victims per 100,000 Catholic Population References
🇫🇷 France 200,000 306.40 512.82 ciase.fr, nytimes.com
🇮🇪 Ireland 15,000 303.78 402.25 aljazeera.com
🇳🇱 Netherlands 10,000 58.36 253.61 ncronline.org
🇵🇹 Portugal 4,800 47.07 53.81 euronews.com
🇪🇸 Spain 4,000 8.56 13.02 eldiario.es
🇩🇪 Germany 3,677 4.39 15.99 apnews.com
🇬🇧 United Kingdom 3,000 4.42 52.63 reuters.com
🇨🇭 Switzerland 1,000 11.55 32.77 swissinfo.ch
🇮🇹 Italy 600 0.99 1.19 religionnews.com
🇧🇪 Belgium 470 4.06 7.23 maklu-online.eu
🇦🇹 Austria 448 4.97 8.87 sciencedirect.com
🇵🇱 Poland 368 0.97 1.11 euronews.com
🇱🇺 Luxembourg 60 9.59 16.23 today.rtl.lu
🇭🇺 Hungary 32 0.33 0.87 emerging-europe.com
🇭🇷 Croatia 13 0.32 0.35 balkaninsight.com
🇸🇮 Slovenia 12 0.58 0.79 total-slovenia-news.com
🇮🇸 Iceland 8 2.34 57.98 grapevine.is
🇺🇸 United States of America 4,228 1.27 6.10 abuselawsuit.com
🇨🇦 Canada 105 0.28 0.76 en.m.wikipedia.org
🇲🇽 Mexico 170 0.13 0.17 ticotimes.net
🇧🇷 Brazil 148 0.07 0.12 cruxnow.com
🇨🇱 Chile 123 0.64 1.37 ticotimes.net
🇨🇴 Colombia 100 0.20 0.29 ticotimes.net
🇧🇴 Bolivia 85 0.73 1.07 apnews.com
🇦🇷 Argentina 69 0.15 0.24 en.m.wikipedia.org
🇵🇪 Peru 19 0.06 0.08 reuters.com
🇳🇮 Nicaragua 13 0.20 0.48 ticotimes.net
🇪🇨 Ecuador 4 0.02 0.04 ticotimes.net
🇻🇪 Venezuela 2 0.01 0.01 ticotimes.net
🇨🇷 Costa Rica 1 0.02 0.04 ticotimes.net
🇸🇻 El Salvador 1 0.02 0.04 ticotimes.net
🇬🇹 Guatemala 1 0.01 0.01 ticotimes.net
🇮🇩 Indonesia 50 0.02 0.68 thejakartapost.com
🇯🇵 Japan 16 0.01 4.19 cbcj.catholic.jp
🇦🇺 Australia 2,489 9.65 47.03 bravehearts.org.au
🇳🇿 New Zealand 1,122 23.27 228.05 catholic.org.nz
🇿🇦 South Africa 35 0.06 1.23 cruxnow.com
Catholic population data sourced from World Population Review

Why I Made This Site

Hey there, thanks for stopping by. If you're wondering why this website exists, it's simple: I'm deeply concerned about the issue of child abuse within the Catholic Church. We can't afford to look the other way any longer.

Let's be honest, the numbers you see here are likely not 100% accurate. Child abuse is often underreported, so there are many untold stories. But we have to start somewhere, and the data we do have is eye-opening enough to warrant serious attention and action.

And just so you know, I'm Catholic myself. Creating this site isn't about attacking my own faith. It's about facing a significant issue within our Church. We can't keep ignoring it. This is a call for awareness, dialogue, and meaningful change.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is the source of the data?

The data is collected from various credible sources including governmental reports, academic studies, and reputable news outlets. Every data point is carefully verified before being included.

2. Why is my country's data wrong or not available?

We do our best to gather accurate information, but sometimes the data for a specific country might be missing or not quite right. This could happen for a variety of reasons, such as limited public information or inconsistencies in the sources we have. If you know of better or more current data for a country, we'd really appreciate it if you could share it with us on our GitHub repository.

3. How can I contribute to the project?

The project is open-source and hosted on GitHub. Anyone can open an issue, express concerns, or ask questions about the data. Contributions in the form of code or data are also welcome. You can access the GitHub repository.

Download The Data

If you'd like to conduct your own analysis, you can download the data in the following formats:

Contributing to the Cause

About the Data

We want to be upfront: the data on this website isn't flawless. There are gaps, and a lot of countries are missing simply because no one has spoken up. That's where you come in.

What We're Looking For

We need precise, well-sourced information. This topic is too sensitive to rely on hearsay or rumors. If you have access to credible sources or verifiable statistics, we'd love to include them.

Open Source, Open Hearts

This project lives on GitHub and is entirely open-source. This is a community effort, and you're officially invited to be a part of it. You can contribute by opening an issue or a pull request on the GitHub page.

Final Thoughts

Remember, this isn't an attack on faith; it's a call to action. We've got a problem on our hands, and together, we can take the first steps toward a solution. Let's get to work.

Feel free to reach out on GitHub.

License of Use

We're using what's known as the UNLICENSE for this project. That basically means you can do whatever you want with the data and code—use it, change it, share it, you name it. For the nitty-gritty details, check out the UNLICENSE.txt file.