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German nuns were paid to 'drag' children to be sexually abused by predatory Catholic priests, court

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

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German nuns in the city of Speyer received money for luring children to predatory priests who sexually abused them, local media reported from recently released court documents.


One victim, Karl Haucke, filed a court case seeking compensation from the Catholic church and alleging more than 1,000 instances of abuse over the 10 years he lived at a now shuttered children's home, Deutsche Welle reported.


The case was decided in May, but the documents were only recently released. Haucke was awarded $18,000 for his suffering, the outlet reported.


The Bishop of Speyer has identified the primary abuser as a vicar named Rudolf Motzenbäcker, who is now dead.




The abuse is alleged to have happened in the 1960s and 1970s.


Haucke said he was "literally dragged" by nuns to Motzenbäcker's home where he was abused, Der Spiegel reported.


If he resisted, Haucke alleged, he would be beaten.


Haucke also testified that influential visitors to the children's home would abuse him and other children as young as seven at "sex parties."


Haucke referred to the nuns as "pimps," according to Der Spiegel.

"The nuns earned money from it. The men who were present would have donated generously," Haucke said in his testimony.

Now 65, Haucke has PTSD and said many of the children who were abused are dead now. Some died by suicide, he said, according to DW.



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If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault and visit their website to receive confidential support.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.


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