PBS TV show 'Frontline' covers Alaska clergy sex abuse
#1 Apr 20, 2011
Watched the Frontline story with interest. Clergy sexual abuse (and any other abuse) is horrific beyond measure to the innocent victims, their families, and society in general. Compounding that though, was the church institutional response which does appear to have been systematic denial, and stonewalling - likely from the top down, and protection (for a long time) for the perpetrators (world-wide). It is only after the "problem" would not "go away" and massive political pressure was brought to bear that the church began to do the right thing. Jesus (founder) stated (and I am paraphrasing) that it would be better to have a millstone tied around the neck and be cast into the depths of the sea than to mislead one of my little ones. The church can do better than they have, much much better.
#2 Apr 21, 2011
My heart broke for the people who were molested as chldren and had, as children, no one to whom they could turn to for protection, no awareness that they were not alone, and most of all for reassurance that none of the abuse is their fault. Children are NEVER responsible for an adult's behavior. NEVER. No matter what an adult abuser tells a victim, abuse is the sole responsibilty of the perpetrator and NEVER is the victim responsible for physical, emotional or sexual abuse inflicted by an abuser. My heart goes out to the beautiful survivors of St. Michael. What can we do to help them heal the deep, searing wounds they have suffered?
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