GERMANY:PROTESTANT CHURCH SETS UP COUNCIL ON SEXUAL ABUSE. Germany’s Protestant Church is setting up an independent council to improve its efforts to tackle sexual abuse. The assembly, aimed at ensuring that abuse is dealt with more rigorously, will include victims.
November 12, 2019
The Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) on Tuesday announced that it would set up an advisory council to listen to victims of sexual violence.
The bishop of Hamburg, Kirsten Fehrs, told the EKD’s annual conference, being held in the city of Dresden, that 12 individuals would be appointed to the body, each for a period of four years.
Fehrs said the council would provide a critical, independent voice on the Protestant Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases.
The EKD — a federation of some 20 different Protestant churches has already