As I explained last week, one key reform mandated by the 2002 Dallas Charter is the requirement that every U.S. diocese have a staff member, usually called the “Victim Assistance Coordinator,” to respond to those who have experienced abuse. According to the
The Victim Assistance Coordinator is the height of clergy abuse. Too many are malevolent and simply work to further abuse survivors.
I would like to see Awake stress the importance of securing legal counsel and therapy independent of the Catholic Church and not promote the Church as a source for healing.
Domestic abuse organizations would never recommend a battered woman (or man) return to the perpetrator for help and consolation.
Nor should survivor groups.