By Ann Friend
It’s heartbreaking to say, but children and teens being molested isn’t anything new. Whether it’s by a family member, a close friend, or even a stranger. You could tell a room full of people that a child was raped, and you would get statements like “Whoever did that to them deserves to burn in hell” or “What a poor child, I feel awful for them.” Now, tell them that it happened through an association with a church, by the preacher or his wife or son. Then, you would get nothing but awkward silence and uncomfortable glances.
See the issue here? People have no problem bashing those who sexually traumatized children, but if someone they knew and respected did it, they would just look the other way. Many times I have heard excuses provided for the actions of the accused. On the other hand, most people choose to ignore the accusations, as their beloved priest could never do something so bad to a child.
There are so many victims of sexual assault due to the church, but they are just too scared to admit it, only because they know that most people choose to ignore this issue. Pope Francis said meeting about about sexual abuse in the church,” The problem is the clerical culture that looks to protect the institution even at the expense of individuals who have been harmed”.
Some people just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that this is a real issue, and it happens everywhere.
We need to start recognizing that molestation in the church is a real issue, and we need to start doing something about it.