Wounded by silence

Testimony from a friend:

“I was kidnapped, violently tortured, escaped, went to the hospital and the authorities found my perpetrator and prosecuted him. He was arrested and is still serving a life sentence in prison.

Why? Because I had physical bruises, because people could identify the crime. It’s sad but true.

So many other victims of rape and abuses that were silenced will tell me, ‘Your story is awful,’ but I tell them, no, the story of those victims who suffered in silence is far worse.”

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4 thoughts on “Wounded by silence”

  1. After the grand jury report, Wuerl’s tone-deafness, Pope Francis’ idiocy and the BuzzFeed article, I’m done. Why anyone would want any truck with the Catholic Church anymore is beyond me. Frankly, I think we should ask for the names of the good priests and nuns — should take about three minutes to compile and would barely take up an index card. The vast majority of religious and clergy are sick, unhealthy, mentally and sexually disordered people.

    You want to beg for filth like that to approve of you, knock yourself out. Me, I’ll follow Christ, and Christ is long gone from the Catholic Church.

  2. a good unintended consequence of the victims” bill if it passes will be the way it will undoubtedly put paid to the idea that DAs care about victims. victims” advocates in other states generally have tons of complaints about the lack of cooperation they get from DAs who end up only liking victims who scream for vengeance. The majority of victims, research/surveys have shown, want more complex justice, don”t want to prolong the event, and/or fear the long-term consequences for other possible victims from DA-favored overincarceration that is our least effective means to limit victimization due to diverted funding from more effective means and/or increased crime from offenders made worse by prison. DAs generally frown upon such people, and new requirements that they actually show concern for ALL victims and their needs will likely tear off the “I”m here for you face the DAs show when using victimization as an emotional support for cost-ineffective policies. long-term, that might actually result in cost savings from more effective, less DA-influenced policies than the costs that opponents apparently see from its passage.

  3. So are people who live in a diocese where these complaints are taken seriously in the minority? Serious question.

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