…for victims of sexual abuse in the Church.
I am really sorry to sound critical… But there are victims of sexual abuse who were not victimized by someone from the church – I happen to know several. They need prayers too, but I don’t seem to see them mentioned too often. And those victims I know have little recourse, particularly if the abuse went on in the family, and the family was not wealthy. All they can do is struggle the best they can all through their life, with people around them thinking that, if they are poor, it must be their own fault since they are the ones who are thought as having done something wrong.
I pray for all victims of sexual abuse whether by a priest or a family member (the most common perpetrator of sexual abuse) . I also pray for priests who are falsely accused of sexual abuse and who go to their graves with this accusation against them. I pray for Catholic clergy who are all regarded as sexual abusers.
Thank you, Sharon. My point is that there are statistics, for example here in Ontario it is said that one in four women will suffer some kind of sexual assault (this includes any unwanted action of a sexual nature, from simple touch to full scale rape) during her lifetime. However it has historically been very difficult for women to obtain justice in cases of rape; all kinds of tricks have been used to blame the victim instead of punishing the perpetrator. And other kinds of abuse seem to have been even more difficult to be brought to justice, and often totally ignored. I think it actually took this often-discredited “feminist” movement to bring some serious attention to those problems. However, when anyone has dared to touch our boys! Watch out!.
Not that I am claiming that victims of abuse by priests should not have had any recourse. Of course they do. But where has been the big scandal about the abuse of girls and women? Is such abuse just a normal part of life for women? I know several women who work in organizations devoted to helping the victims of sexual assault, and I have heard how difficult it is for such organizations to obtain and maintain financing – seems it is seen as just one more of those women’s issues! And therefore not that important! And when such organizations that are trying to help the victims have such financial difficulties, of course the victims themselves cannot even afford to contact a lawyer to get some justice and are left to struggle alone.