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Sexual assault survivors group blasts Dalai Lama for ‘insufficient apology’

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The Dalai Lama apologized Monday morning after a video of him kissing a child on the lips and asking him to suck his tongue went viral on social media.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader expressed his apologies to the boy and his family, “as well as his many friends across the world, for the hurt his words may have caused,” according to a statement by his office. “His Holiness often teases people he meets in an innocent and playful way, even in public and before cameras. He regrets the incident,” it added. The statement did not reference the kiss.

“As a survivor of sexual abuse and advocate for over two decades, I am deeply disturbed by the actions of his holiness the Dalai Lama as well as his lack of accountability by minimizing his repulsive actions,” Founder of PAVE, a Chicago based sexual assault survivors group, Angela Rose said. “This is sending shockwaves of dread through the millions of survivors that we serve. Countless survivors seek solace and healing through their faith, and witnessing a global faith leader perpetrate sexual abuse is not ‘playful,’ it’s a travesty and minimizing this behavior is extremely traumatizing for our community.”

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