The map of Catholic church sex abuse cases

To describe the international scope of sex crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of religious orders, we - the Italian online magazine Il Post - have designed a map, an infographic, that shows every documented and clear case of abuse. The map, built by designer Gino Selva, shows in darker blue the areas of the world where at least 20% of population belongs to the Catholic faith. And as we expected, the spread on the map of documented abuses is wide and covers nearly all such areas. We grouped many instances in single dots and explanations and we built pop-up data about the time and details of the stories described. We are working on the English version and we will be updating the data: yesterday a priest was arrested near Milan, Italy, on allegations of sexual assault of a 13-year-old, but criminal prosecution has just begun. The map is open to updates and new information: write to

Click on the image for the real map