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The Catholic Church loves to talk about the work it does to help people.

With the less fortunate.

With the poor.

And, lately, with migrants.

Which is great.

But what about survivors?

What about the thousands of us who were sexually exploited, abused, and assaulted -- raped -- when we were children and then, when we went to our (arch)dioceses for help, faced even worse forms of abuse?

What About Survivors?

Sure the Catholic Church did some terrible things in the past but, at least, those were the mistakes of the past.

While it took too long, the Catholic Church is finally doing the right thing.

It's helping survivors.

Right?

Wrong.

While it seems that certain (arch)diocese are doing a good job of helping survivors, the response to survivors is inconsistent at best.

Assistance Coordinators

The Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis does nothing more than give survivors the name of a therapist of they don't already have one.

That's it.

Questions

When is the march for survivors?

When will bishops protest the treatment of survivors by the Catholic Church?

What national-level Jesuit will declare himself the champion of survivors?

Justice for Survivors

n case you think survivors are being taking care of, I suggest you read my pieces on the subject of the treatment of survivors...