UK--Victims blast Home Office panel with no survivors on it
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8
A government panel ostensibly set up to help child sex abuse survivors is, sadly, already hurting them by excluding them.
This isn’t just an insult to those already wounded by child sex crimes and inadequate official response to those crimes. It’s also self-destructive because it deprives the Home Office’s inquiry of both sorely-needed credibility and vital experience.
This must seem like a third betrayal to men and women who have already been harmed twice, first by a shrewd predator and second by callous institutions.
We hope Theresa May rectifies this hurtful injustice quickly. Most survivors are resilient and smart, not helpless and ignorant. We deserve to be treated with respect and decency. And we deserve to be listened to.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)