AUS - Prime Minister launches commission into sex abuse, SNAP responds
We applaud Prime Minister Julia Gillard for this move, but caution that this is only a first step. Aggressive investigation of all clergy sex crimes and cover ups by institutional leaders, church officials and law enforcement - regardless of when they happened or where the wrongdoers are now - must happen simultaneously.
Particular focus should be on religious orders which often hide and transfer predator priests even more often and more effectively than bishops do.
Regardless of how this governmental inquiry proceeds, it's imperative that victims, witnesses and whistleblowers continue to find the courage and strength to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and begin healing.