► What are the missions of the Inirr and the CRR?
The Independent National Authority for Recognition and Reparation (Inirr) and the Recognition and Reparation Commission (CRR) are the two bodies responsible for supporting victims of sexual violence in the Church, in a restorative justice process. The victims followed were all minors at the time of the events.
The CRR, chaired by the former magistrate Antoine Garapon, deals with the cases relating to people abused by members of a religious congregation. She acts as a third party between the order and the victim.
The Inirr, headed by Marie Derain de Vaucresson (general inspector of justice and specialized in children’s rights), is responsible for victims who have suffered sexual violence from diocesan priests, deacons or lay people involved. in church activities.
► How do these bodies work?
Both instances have a similar structure. At their head is a leading trio made up of a president, a secretary general and a coordinating commissioner. There are 28 employees for the CRR and 30 for the Inirr. Among these, there are 25 referent commissioners in the first and 15 in the second (three additional referents could join the ranks of the Inirr from February).
Referents are listening professionals. At Inirr, everyone benefits from one day of training per month. New arrivals also receive specific training in the support provided by the organization. Each commissioner works three-fifths and manages an average of 10 to 15 files.
The Inirr also has several employees and volunteers participating in the college responsible for ruling on the claims of victims: amount of financial compensation, assessment of the facts, etc.
► How many files have been processed?
As of January 13, Inirr had received 1,140 requests and closed 160 repair procedures. Its equivalent collaborating with religious congregations reports the number of 604 referrals for the year 2022, for 112 closed files, 112 referrals to the Inirr, 16 testimonies and 37 requests not falling within the CRR’s mission (spiritual abuse, shortcomings elements, etc.).
Delays are often long between the first request and the start of the recognition process. For the Inirr, if the first files could be processed within six months, several victims’ associations denounce a growing expectation. According to the association Parler et revivre, a person who submitted a file in October 2022 could wait up to three years before being taken care of. The Inirr rather evokes a period of one year.
► How are financial reparations organised?
Victims who seize the two organizations can request financial compensation, capped at €60,000. The amount, included on average in the two instances between €37,000 and €38,000, is determined by three criteria: the seriousness of the facts, the consequences on the life of the person and the failures of the Church.
Compensation is paid, for victims who have requested it from the CRR, by the religious congregation from which the aggressor comes; for victims accompanied by the Inirr, payment is made by the Solidarity Fund and the fight against sexual assault on minors (Selam fund), supplemented by the Church of France.
Other types of reparation – non-financial – are offered by the two bodies: memorial gesture, public act of recognition, search for other victims, writing workshop, etc.
► How do I get in touch with these organisations?
Inirr : by mail to the address 41, bd du Montparnasse 75006 Paris, by email to the address [email protected] A hotline is provided for people who have already filed a file with the Inirr: Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. o’clock to 11 o’clock.
CRR : by mail to the address 226 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris, by email to the address [email protected], by telephone at 09.73.88.25.71 (permanence from Friday to Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ).
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