Adult Who Accused Quebec Cardinal Of Sexual Misconduct Breaks Church Abuse Stereotype – Montreal

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The woman who recently accused Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet of sexual misconduct has shattered a stereotype about church abuse.

Solange Lefebvre, a professor of religious studies at the University of Montreal, says the fact that Ouellet’s alleged victim is an adult could open the door for more people who are not children to make allegations against the Church.

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Lefebvre says that while child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is well documented, these new high-profile allegations could also create opportunities for prosecutors and police to search for potential victims among young women involved in the crime. church.

A woman identified as “F.” In court documents filed Tuesday, she accused Ouellet of several incidents of sexual assault between 2008 and 2010, including sliding her hand down his back and touching his buttocks at an event in Quebec City.

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F. is among approximately 300 alleged victims who have filed sexual abuse complaints against the church in two class action lawsuits brought by Montreal law firm Arsenault Dufresne Wee Avocats and authorized by a judge.

Attorney Justin Wee says his firm’s class action lawsuits demonstrate that it’s not just young children – especially young boys – who face clergy sexual misconduct, but adult women as well.

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