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Six Women Accuse Late Bishop of Sexual Violations

An additional six women to the three who received compensation from the National Church of Iceland in July have reported that the churchs former bishop Ólafur Skúlason, who passed away in 2008, committed sexual violations against them.

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Some of these women have contacted the National Churchs board of specialists. The women have also been in touch with Sigrún Pálína Ingvarsdóttir, who has been the most vocal in her battle with the church, before she and the two other victims were compensated, Fréttabladid reports.

I have known for a long time that there were many more than three women. It was just a question of when they were prepared to talk about it, she said.

I have sometimes been a middleman between the board of specialists and the victims when they are afraid to contact them directly. Ingvarsdóttir added that she, however, always encourages them to do so.

Chairman of the board Gunnar Rúnar Matthíasson said he cannot comment on individual cases reported to the council but that a report will be made early next year in which all cases will be covered and made public.

Ingvarsdóttir said the women all report similar stories about the bishop. It is first and foremost a breach of confidence. He builds up a relationship where he pretends to be the one to help. Then he ends by kissing and groping.

He selected women who were in a vulnerable stage in their lives. They needed help and they needed someone to trust and he acted under the pretext of being a servant of God, Ingvarsdóttir described. None of the six women notified authorities at the time.

Click here to read more about the accusations regarding Ólafur Skúlason and here to read more about sex offenses within religious associations in Iceland.

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