Reflections from the frontline in the war on Catholic child sex abuse
By Jonathan Flynn, March 13, 2017, ABC.net.au
Each one is different, a unique voice speaking out, usually after decades of painful, secretive silence. But there is a terrible consistency in the effect the abuse had on these people's lives:
"I feel pain and self-hatred. I tried to obliterate it with alcohol."
"I've lost my right to a normal life."
"I can no longer trust anyone, I always wonder whether they will betray my trust the way my abuser did."
"I didn't know who to trust, so I trusted no one."
"It made my life the living embodiment of hell."
These are some of the statements I've heard in sentencing submissions for clerical abusers from my old school, Saint Stanislaus' College. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems are described by . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.