would like to publicly ask you for your stated position on the question of sexual abuse and asks that you consider the following. TFYQA will publish your response for its many readers in this series of questions to current holders of public office and to nominees for public office.
What would you think of a corporation who has a mandate to care and provide for those sexually abused by their staff if that body appointed an expert in the field of stalking as the head of the sexual abuse victim assistance body?
What would you think if the only point of contact was via a legal entity?
What would you think if that corporation acted in contravention to its own stated aims?
What would you think if the those managed by the processes state that it is corrupt and does cause them more and greater harm than their original abuse?
What would you think if those who staff the body do not agree with the way the process works and that they agree that it fails those it deals with?
Would you think that is a strange way for a body setup to help victims of sexual abuse to act?
Basic common sense says you would set up Counselling and support services, you would provide assistance in any way possible by helping the victims rejoin society and to help them repair their lives.
If the corporation's actions became public there would be such an outcry, there would be outrage and demands that this deplorable situation be addressed immediately - heads would roll in all directions.
Why then should a religion be permitted to act in this way? Why should a religion be permitted to ignore its own stated ethos and teachings when dealing with its own victims, why would it act in such a way - surely this is a continuation of the victimisation of already injured people.
Some of society's most injured individuals are subjected to one of the most ill-logical and harmful processes devised, processes which over shadow the worst actions of history's most deranged rulers simply by ignoring their own stated rules and by continuing in their old abusive ways. The human being who can deny these victims their right to a just outcome is simply not fit to hold a place in our society.
My question to you is what action will you take to stop these practices being supported by Government funding for religious bodies and charitable institutions today?