February 15, 2006

Cases of sex abuse poorly reported until 1980s, expert tells Cornwall inquiry


CORNWALL, Ont. (CP) - An expert testifying at the Cornwall inquiry says cases of child sexual abuse were poorly reported before the 1980s.

Dr. Nico Trocme, a child and family research director at McGill University, says there was a significant increase in abuse reporting during the mid-1980s.

Trocme is testifying on Day 3 of the inquiry into how officials responded to allegations of widespread sexual abuse in the Cornwall, Ont., area.

Stories have been spreading since the late 1950s about a purported underground group of pedophiles operating in the eastern Ontario border city.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2006 04:08 PM