The Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe has been documented by cases in several dioceses in European nations.
Investigation and widespread reporting were conducted in the early 21st century related to dioceses in the United States of America; several American dioceses were bankrupted by settlement of civil lawsuits from victims.
A significant number of cases have also been reported in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
As UNHCR, we are mandated to provide international protection to refugees.In a statement read by Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi in September 2009, the Holy See stated, "We know now that in the last 50 years somewhere between 1.5% and 5% of the Catholic clergy has been involved in sexual abuse cases", adding that this figure was comparable to that of other groups and denominations.Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature, and can take the form of a denial of resources or access to services. SGBV is largely rooted in individual attitudes that condone violence within the family, the community and the State.The initiator of the referendum, Vice John Batarelo, an Australian-born Croat with a nationalist vice, has been saddled with the tag of pioneer – if launching a conservative revolution qualifies him as that.He was opposed to “gender ideology” and keen on using a citizen’s initiative regarding unions.