March 26, 2013

Clergy Abuse in Australia

English: Orthographic map of Australia centere...
English: Orthographic map of Australia centered at 26.75° S, 133.25° E. Official territory. Claimed territories. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Child sexual abuse is a real tragedy, especially when it is committed by adults in positions of trust. When the abuse is perpetrated by a member of clergy who is subsequently shielded by a religious organization, the tragic nature of the abuse is magnified considerably. Thus, it is encouraging to see examples of people willing to stand up to powerful religious organizations and demand justice.

I'd like to introduce you to lewisblayse.net, a blog by Lewis Blayse about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia. Lewis reports that he survived victimization in church-ran children's homes, and is bringing this perspective to bear as he provides commentary about the investigation into similar crimes.

I am sorry to learn about what Lewis endured as a child; however, I am grateful that people like him are standing up to religious organizations and shining a light on their crimes. Perhaps such efforts will make future victimization a bit less likely.

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