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Abuse allegations at the Vienna Boys' Choir

As allegations of sexual predation, some dating back decades, roil the Catholic church in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and other European countries, Vatican officials have insisted that such abuse is not specific to the church.

As if to affirm their assertion, two members of the Vienna Boys' Choir -- not affiliated with any church -- say they were sexually abused by their supervisors, a top Austrian newspaper reported Thursday.

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The Der Standard daily reported on its Web site that the allegation was made by the choir alumni, now adults, the Associated Press reports.

One of the Austrian victims, a 33-year-old who now lives in Berlin, was cited as saying he and others were pressured to wash their genitals in the shower while supervisors watched, the AP reports. He also said an older choir member forced him to perform oral sex at one point while he was a member of the choir from 1985 to 1987.

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Another member, described as a 51-year-old psychologist living in Munich who sang with group between 1966 and 1970, said a choir master rested his hand on his thigh for two hours while on a bus tour.

The newspaper cited choir officials as saying the allegations would be investigated.

The story follows a string of abuse allegations in Austria. It surfaced just hours after Catholic officials announced that three priests had been relieved of their clerical duties because of allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, and after one admitted to carrying out the acts of which he is accused.

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