Since 2004, more than 3,500 cases of child abuse committed by priests and Church members have been reported to the Vatican. In 2014 UN reports have accused the Vatican of adopting policies that have allowed priests to rape and molest thousands of children over the decades, and of failing to report allegations to the authorities and transferring the offenders to new dioceses, where they could commit abuse again.
Hundreds of cases were and are still registered in Italy, where the influence of the Vatican is strong and penetrates into many levels of Italian society. Often those who have been abused fall silent, the cases are forgotten, the victims are afraid to make their voices heard. They fear people’s reactions, or those of their beloved ones, and their friends. Victims endure an agonizing silence; they do not want to disclose the violence they have suffered. Forced to live with a burden they will carry with them for a lifetime and unable to forget the past. The scars are deep, the memories heavy, the silence deafening. Confiteor (I Confess) is a journey into these memories, into these scars and into this silence.