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#MeghalayaChurchToo: Church to take appropriate action against accused priest, if found guilty after internal inquiry

Shillong, Oct 23 (IENews) The Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI) on Tuesday said that “appropriate action” will be taken against its Brother Francis Gale, who is accused of sexually abusing a woman in Meghalaya, if found guilty.

On Friday, the 40-year old woman took to social media #MeToo campaign accusing Brother Francis Gale of Christian Brothers and Brother Muscat of Don Bosco, of sexually abusing her.

“The Christian Brothers stand in solidarity with and in support of any survivor of sexual abuse. We are committed to a just and fair hearing to both the complainant and the alleged abuser, through a formal process as laid out in our Protection Policy – ‘Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults,” Br. J. Johnson, Society Protection Officer, Professional Ethics Commission, Congregation of Christian Brothers in India said.

Brother Johnson said this policy looks into all cases of abuse, past and present, so as to ascertain with compassion the truth and support the survivor towards achieving a peaceful closure while taking appropriate action against the alleged abuser if found guilty.

He said that due procedure will be initiated as laid out in the said Policy to take this serious allegation forward towards arriving at the truth and assisting the survivor with necessary help to attain due closure.

Br Johnson also said that even as these internal processes are carried out by the Christian Brothers, it stand committed to cooperating with the agencies of the law.

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