Sunday, October 2, 2016

WHAT SURVIVORS OF CLERGY SEX ABUSE SHOULD KNOW

This is a letter to the editor from Joelle Casteix, regional director of SNAP. It was published in the Pacific Daily News on October 1, 2016. A permanent link to this article will be posted in the side bar.

And while this point was her last point, it should be the FIRST:

  • Finally, don’t expect church officials to do the right thing. While you may still find your spiritual home in the church, do not expect the men and women who work for the church to act in a pastoral or loving way toward survivors. Expect backlash. Because of this, do not report your abuse to church officials. Your attorney will do that for you.

7 comments:

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    1. Yeah sue your Church!!!!!!

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    2. Anon 9:37, no not the whole church. Just the scumbags who cover up child or for that matter any crimes. Thanks for the advice though.

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  2. I like also that she said victims can file as John or Jane Doe and not come forth publicly. That might encourage some victims who were hesitant to come forward to do so.

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  3. Awesome letter to the editor.

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  4. Great letter. Good information to have. Hopefully it will help those suffering from clergy sex abuse.

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  5. Let your attorney report the abuse for you ... And you can remain anonymous as John or Jane Doe.
    Hopefully, these instructions will encourage more survivors to come forward so that the healing can begin.
    Thank you Ms Casteix for your letter.

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