Church of England apologizes for rapes of hundreds of young girls over 20 years

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The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.

"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."

The 147-page report reveals that hundreds of the girls were drugged, locked up, and physically and sexually abused at the church-run home during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

The report explained that the girls placed at Kendall House who suffered this abuse came from "the most difficult and deprived backgrounds," with their parents being unable to offer them the loving homes that they needed.

"The conditions at Kendall House were such that every resident placed there was vulnerable to the risk of being emotionally, physically or sexually abused by the staff, other residents or third parties," the findings by the inquiry team stated.

"Indeed, we have found that every former resident to whom we have spoken and every former resident whose file we have read was in fact the victim of abuse of one, some or all those categories."

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