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Surprised Greek Children’s Charity Probed Over Sex Abuse Claim

ATHENS – The Greek children’s charity Ark of the World (Kivotos tou Kosmou) said it knows nothing about a report made by a 19-year-old formerly in its care of sexual abuse, which is being investigated.

The group, in a statement, said it’s fully cooperating after media reports that an inquiry by the Greek Ombudsman has led to an investigation although the details of alleged abuse were not given.

“We unequivocally condemn such incidents and assure that the Ark of the World and its social services will assist the authorities in investigating the accusations,” it said of the report.

“We declare that if it becomes clear that if personnel at Ark of the World bear responsibility, we will take the necessary measures and suffer the consequences,” the statement added.

The Employment Ministry said it was suspending an offer to the charity to use a premises owned by the Single Social Security Entity (EFKA) until there is a finding in the case.

Its website states that Ark of the World provides “special care and protection to mothers and children … It is first and foremost intended and addressed to young unprotected children, most of whom come from single-parent families, and to many children without parents, who experience difficult circumstances, neglect, abandonment, lack of medical care and uncertain future.”

Deputy Social Solidarity Minister Domna Michailidou told Mega TV about being notified about the case and the Greek police said they’re looking into the operations of six of the charity’s facilities.

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