While no amount of money can restore the innocent shattered and make up for a childhood lost due to sexual violence, we are glad that this compensation fund is being furnished. However, survivors rarely want monetary compensation as a form of justice, but rather want to expose their perpetrator’s crimes as well as those who helped to conceal them, and want to prevent other children from suffering similar abuse.
We think that the church’s efforts would be better spent by begging all sex abuse victims to come forward and make a full report of their abuse so that they church can find, expel, and hopefully prosecute those who committed these terrible crimes. Until the church understands this, these crimes will continue to occur and more children will continue to be victimized by a secretive and rigid hierarchy that thinks of them only in terms of settlement payments.
Read the story here: http://mg.co.za/article/2011-12-14-belgian-sexual-abuse-victims-receive-financial-compensation/