Investigating pedophilia

The last of the three federal working groups on sexual abuse began its work in Berlin on Monday. The roundtable of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is to focus on scientific research on pedophilia and therapeutic options.

It also focuses on the education and training of teachers and family doctors. According to the ministry, the day-long meeting will be attended by some 60 representatives from research and academia, as well as federal, state and non-governmental organizations. The working group is chaired by State Secretary Cornelia Quennet-Thielen. Research Minister Annette Schavan (CDU) is at the cabinet retreat in the Chancellor's Office today. In view of the cases of abuse that came to light at the end of January, first in church institutions and then in other institutions as well, the German government set up a round table and appointed an independent commissioner. This round table met on 23. April for the first time and named three working groups. The expert groups of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Family Affairs had already met for the first time in May.

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