San José, Costa Rica, Mar 15, 2021 / 16:24 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The National Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults of the Costa Rican Bishops’ Conference released a statement in response to the alleged cover up of the sexual abuse of a former student at the Calasanz Catholic school.
According to the local newspaper La Nación, a 21-year-old woman surnamed Cruz Carrillo made the accusation on social media that two of her male classmates sexually abused her in 2016.
The young woman’s decision to bring this complaint to light five years later was due to photographs and posters that began to circulate in the women's bathrooms at the school, exposing similar cases, La Nación reported.
Cruz Carrillo spoke with the local newspaper and stated that “she and her family were pressured and manipulated by the then director of the institution, a priest from the Dominican Republic, as well as by the psychologists, for them to not file a criminal complaint against the two students.”
In response to the complaint, CONAPROME stated that it is carefully following "the investigation that the school is already conducting regarding this matter to clarify everything involved and to make the appropriate decisions, always according to the guidelines adopted by our Church."