Several students at one of Germany's most prestigious high schools were sexually abused for many years by their teachers, the school's director said Thursday. Father Klaus Mertes , S.J. says he has sent out 500 letters to alumni of Berlin's private Catholic Canisius Kolleg to determine the extent of the case after seven ex-students recently reported they were abused in the 1970s and 1980s. Canisius Kolleg is one of Germany's pre-eminent schools, alma mater of many politicians, businesspeople and scientists.
Father Mertes said Thursday that the seven, and likely many more, were abused by two ex-teachers who were members of the Jesuit order......... Mertes said the two Jesuit fathers taught at the school for eight years before leaving in the late 1980s. of the Jesuit order,but after the allegations surfaced earlier this month, they were contacted by its independent counselor for sexual abuse victims......... All the victims were male and most were about 13 when the abuse started, Mertes said. They are around 40 now. He added that he had promised the victims not to make public details of the abuse. Canisius Kolleg was founded as an all-boys school and turned coed in the late 1970s.
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