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Police investigate sexual abuse at summer camp

DDP/DPA/The Local · 21 Jul 2010, 12:28

Published: 21 Jul 2010 11:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Jul 2010 12:28 GMT+02:00

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Up to eight teenagers aged 13 to 16 are suspected of violently abusing several 13-year-old boys at the holiday camp sponsored by Osnabrück’s municipal sports association.

The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Wednesday that six boys were repeatedly attacked by a group of youths, who forced the victims into the middle of a dormitory before sexual abusing them with unnamed objects.

The children apparently tried to turn to camp counsellors during the two-week holiday from June 25 to July 8, but for unknown reasons adults failed to intervene. The newspaper said further attacks were avoided only after the victims aggressively defended themselves, refused to be dragged from their beds, or fled down the building’s fire escape.

“We are still investigating and are closely checking what sort of responsibility the counsellors might have,” said a police spokesman.

Around 100 children attended the holiday camp in Buren on the island. The incident came to light only after a mother of one child contacted the police after his return.

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Wolfgang Wellmann, the head of the Stadtsportbund Osnabrück, said on Wednesday he was shocked by the alleged abuse.

“We are seriously overwhelmed by what happened there and we are unbelievably sorry,” he said. “I just can’t comprehend that none of the participants went into the dunes with their mobile and called to expose what was going on.”

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14:02 July 21, 2010 by moistvelvet
¦quot;I just can¦#39;t comprehend that none of the participants went into the dunes with their mobile and called to expose what was going on.¦quot;,

Oh but can he understand why the "adults" in charge failed to intervene! But perhaps like me he is not really surprised, if this group is anything like others then some of these "adults" are nothing more than kids themselves, hired help and paid around 15 euros a day, with just a couple of days training/selection before they leave to take care of vulnerable kids. I'm surprised that almost anyone can be employed to help supervise kids without any real meaningful checks being carried out beforehand.
15:43 July 21, 2010 by romber58
As i read it the abused and abusers were more or less the same age.

I used to play Doctors and Nurses but the times are a changing and the things that these kids find normal in the net from a very young age ,in fact any age, is now being played out.It doesnt surprise me but i bet the Bild Zeitung, et.al will show its usual "Betroffenheit" and thereby profit from this "Scandelous state of our youth"
16:01 September 25, 2010 by blufx1963
Kids need to be watched. These people failed that...
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