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Linda M Carleton

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Goodbye Victim Letter

Last Updated April 12th, 2019

Dear Victim,

You were an unfortunate person who suffered ill-treatment. As a child, you grew up in a dysfunctional family. You lacked the parental, and spiritual guidance needed to live an abundant life.

The father who was supposed to provide and protect violated you. The mother who was supposed to nurture and love rejected you. It’s unfortunate that you were a victim of sinful conditions growing up.

Increase Awareness of the Causes and Consequences of Sexual Abuse

Last Updated March 26th, 2019

Pope Francis shared 21 Reflection Points at the “Protection of Minors in the Church” meeting in the Vatican yesterday. Number 9 on increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse grabbed my attention.

Reflection Point # 9: Increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse through ongoing formation initiatives of Bishops, Religious Superiors, clerics and pastoral workers.

I thought, yes; society needs to “increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse” and all other forms of abuse too.

That’s one of the main goals for this writing endeavor. I’ll be writing more on the causes of abuse at a later time. This post recounts the consequences of sexual abuse.